HC Deb 12 November 1970 vol 806 c226W
56. Mr. Ashley

asked the Secretary of State for Employment what progress has been made in reducing the unemployment of the disabled.

Mr. Dudley Smith

Unemployment amongst registered disabled persons has remained at a high level during 1970. We are continuing our efforts to improve the service we offer and to encourage employers to increase the opportunities available to disabled persons.

62. Mr. Carter-Jones

asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will take action to help a much higher proportion of disabled people to obtain employment; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Dudley Smith

The disablement resettlement officer service has recently been re-organised and substantially strengthened. Arrangements are being made for increased inspection of the records of employers who have a statutory obligation to employ registered disabled people. For the more seriously disabled, the policy of providing additional employment wherever necessary and practicable will be continued. Rehabilitation and craft training facilities will be maintained at an appropriate level. In addition, plans are now being formulated for the introduction of a new scheme of training in limited skills for the unemployed, including disabled people.