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Departmental Staff

Volume 450: debated on Monday 23 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many disabled people were hired by his Department in each of the last five years for which figures are available; what percentage of the overall workforce these figures represented in each year; and how many disabled people left their employment in his Department over the same period. (92461)

Data on the disabled status of civil servants entrants and leavers are available for 2003, 2004 and 2005. Data are published on the Cabinet Office website at:

Comparable information for earlier years is not available.

Departmental records of disabled staff are based solely on voluntary self-declaration of disability. Staff may choose to declare a disability at any point in their career, not only at the point of entry to the Department.