§ Mr. William Hamilton
asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many firms in Scotland are not employing their statutory quota of registered disabled persons; and what steps he is taking to ensure that the law is obeyed.
§ Mr. Dudley Smith
In Scotland 3,442 firms do not employ their statutory quota of registered disabled persons. As I indicated in my reply to the hon. Member for Manchester, Wythenshawe (Mr. Alfred Morris) on 13th June, our disablement resettlement officers are constantly in touch with employers to help them to comply with their obligations under the quota scheme. Moreover the procedure for inspecting employers' records was tightened up in September last year.