§ Mr. Stott
asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will publish estimates of the percentage unemployment rate among disabled people by adding together his Department's figures for the number of unemployed disabled people both registered and unregistered and expressing this figure as a percentage of his Department's estimates of the number of people in the labour force who have a handicap measurable in financial terms.
§ Mr. Jim Lester
[pursuant to his reply, 28 July 1980 c. 459–60.]: I am unable 679W to answer the question in the precise form requested. However, I am informed by the Manpower Services Commission (MSC) that the number of unemployed disabled people, both registered and unregistered at June 1980 was 143,997. Neither my Department nor the MSC have estimates of the number of people in the labour force who have a handicap measurable in financial terms. However, the percentage rate of unemployment for all disabled people is probably about the same as that for registered disabled people, which in June 1980 was 12.8 per cent.