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Employment: Sight Impaired

Volume 474: debated on Monday 31 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many registered blind people of working age there are in (a) each region and (b) Bolton, South-East constituency. (195533)

I have been asked to reply.

The following table shows the number of working-age people registered as blind or partially sighted, broken down by region. Figures broken down into constituencies are not held centrally.

The numbers have been rounded to the nearest five.

Number of people aged 18 to 64 (as at 31 March 2006)

Registered as:

Blind

Partially sighted

England

33,420

29,310

North East

1,700

1,740

North West

5,350

5,240

Yorkshire and The Humber

4,490

3,490

East Midlands

2,780

2,375

West Midlands

3,665

3,335

South West

2,915

2,430

Eastern

2,925

2,915

London

5,335

3,950

South East

4,150

3,765

Note: Registration onto the blind and partially sighted register is voluntary. Registration is not, however, a pre-requisite for certain social services concessions and this factor, combined with uncertainties about the regularity with which the councils review and update their records, makes it difficult to assign a degree of reliability to these registers.