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Departments: Epilepsy

Volume 461: debated on Thursday 21 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many people with epilepsy are employed by his Department; and if he will make a statement. (139107)

DEFRA does not hold data on the number of employees with epilepsy. DEFRA requests staff to declare types of impairment on a disability declaration but does not keep data of specific conditions.

DEFRA has a Disability Factsheet Series that is available to all staff. One of these factsheets is a specific guide to epilepsy. The guide includes suggestions of what to discuss with a member of staff who has declared the condition and also the types of reasonable adjustments that may be made for individuals. It includes information of the causes and features of the condition as well as advice on what to do if someone has a seizure.