HC Deb 01 May 1973 vol 855 c971
7. Sir R. Russell

asked the Secretary of State for Employment when he expects his review of the quota scheme for the employment of disabled people to be completed.

Mr. Dudley Smith

My Department will publish a consultative document on the future of the quota scheme later this month.

Sir R. Russell

What is the cause of the delay? Is not it such an important matter that it should be done as speedily as possible?

Mr. Smith

There is no delay. There has been, as my hon. Friend probably knows, a thorough review of all the disablement services provided by the Department of Employment. This is a very important and deeply-thought-out document. It has taken time to prepare but it will be published very shortly. I think my hon. Friend will find that it has within it some very interesting reading.

Mr. William Hannan

Will the hon. Gentleman bear his own answer in mind when we discuss the provisions of the Employment and Training Bill in Committee?

Mr. Smith

Yes. Certainly I look forward to discussing the matter with the hon. Gentleman on the right occasion.