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Disabled Staff

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 11 February 2009

To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission how many people the House of Commons employs who are registered disabled; what proportion of all staff in the House of Commons Service they represent; and if he will make a statement. (256230)

The introduction of the Disability Discrimination Act in 1995 meant that most organisations ceased to automatically request staff to register any disabilities they might have and the House Service adopted this as best practice.

However, following information-gathering exercises carried out since December 2007, 78 employees have declared that they have a disability. This amounts to 3.9 per cent. of all employees.

The Equality Scheme for the House will be presented to the Commission in March and, if approved, will then be put onto the parliamentary website for public consultation. Specific training on disability awareness and etiquette is now available for all staff and a booklet on managing staff with a disability is being issued to all line managers.