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Employment Services: Disabled

Volume 494: debated on Monday 22 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what recent estimate her Department has made of the number of deaf and hard of hearing people who require effective text or other telephone relay services in order to obtain or retain employment; and if she will make a statement; (277975)

(2) what recent estimate her Department has made of the number of people with impaired speech who require effective text or other telephone relay services in order to obtain or retain employment; and if she will make a statement.

No such estimate has been made by this Department of the number of deaf and hard of hearing people or those with impaired speech who require text or other telephone relay services in order to obtain or retain employment.

However, through Access to Work, the Department supports employers to ensure that effective text and other telephone relay services are provided where this is the most suitable means of support.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many deaf and hard of hearing people had access to captioned telephone relay services through the Access to Work scheme in (a) 2007 and (b) 2008. (277977)

No breakdown of the number of deaf and hard of hearing people having access to captioned telephony relay services through the Access to Work scheme is collected by this Department.

However, through Access to Work, the Department supports employers to ensure that captioned telephone relay services are provided where this is the most suitable means of support.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many sign language users had access to video relay services through the Access to Work scheme in (a) 2007 and (b) 2008. (277978)

No breakdown of the number of sign language users having access to video relay services through the Access to Work scheme is collected by this Department.

However, through Access to Work, the Department supports employers to ensure that access to video relay services are provided where this is the most suitable means of support.