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Learning Disability

Volume 491: debated on Wednesday 22 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people with a learning disability are employed by (a) his Department and (b) the NHS. (267476)

The Department do not currently hold figures for the number of people with learning disabilities employed in its workforce. This information will start to be collected later this year when ‘learning disability’ will be introduced as a workforce monitoring category.

The Department do not keep the figures for the number of people with learning disabilities employed in the national health service. That information is not collected centrally.

The New Opportunities White Paper published in January commits the civil service to producing action plans to employ more people with learning disabilities and from the other groups covered by public service agreement 16 about socially excluded adults (PSA 16). The Cabinet Office is working with Government Departments, including the Department, to help them develop their action based on recognised good practice.