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Departmental Disabled Staff

Volume 485: debated on Thursday 11 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what conclusions his Department has reached in fulfilment of its duty under section 3.111 of the statutory code of practice of the disability equality duty. (240978)

The Scotland Office is covered by Disability Equality Scheme introduced by the Ministry of Justice. This scheme provides plans setting out how they will carry out the Disability Equality Duty, monitor, and report on progress. Section 3.111 of the statutory code of practice states that public authorities must, on an annual basis, publish a report containing a summary of:

The steps it has taken to fulfil its disability equality duty (the action plan); what has the authority done over the past year to eliminate discrimination and promote equality of opportunity and is it meeting its targets

The results of the information gathering which it has carried out—what evidence has been obtained and what does it indicate

What the authority has done with the information gathered—what actions will be taken as a result of what the information indicates

The scheme, associated action plans and first yearly review is available at: