HC Deb 18 June 1973 vol 858 c32W
52. Mrs. Doris Fisher

asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will take action to ensure that employers who fail deliberately to recruit 3 per cent. of the workforce from disabled people are brought into line.

Mr. Dudley Smith

We have no reason to believe that many employers deliberately refuse to fulfil their quota obligations when suitable registered disabled people are available; moreover many unregistered but registrable disabled people, who do not count against the quota, are employed. But our disablement resettlement officers are constantly in touch with employers to help them to fill their quota and generally to comply with their obligations under the quota scheme. The stricter inspection procedures introduced in 1971 place particular emphasis on examining the records of employers who are below quota and who have not applied for permits to recruit people not registered as disabled.