HC Deb 19 January 1981 vol 997 cc1-2W
Mr. Alfred Morris

asked the Minister for the Civil Service what plans his Department has made for the International Year of Disabled People 1981; what funds have been allocated for this purpose; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Hayhoe

All departments in the Civil Service—which is the largest employer of registered disabled people in the United Kingdom—have been asked to mark the year by continuing, and where possible improving, their efforts to promote the employment and advancement of disabled people. Progress will be reviewed through a series of meetings with the Departmental disabled persons officers.

Copies of Quota, my Department newsletter, which draws particular attention to the International Year of Disabled People, have been placed in the Library. This

Committee Countries Visited Dates of Visit Cost to date £
Agriculture Netherlands and France 14–18.4.80 5,363
Belgium 11–12.6.80 1,347
Defence West Germany 6–8.2.80 2,694
(British Forces) USA 24.2–4.3.80 2,699
Education, Science, Arts Belgium and Luxembourg 4–6.5.80 1,411
USA 7–.6.80 6,934
Employment Canada 10–18.6.80 11,088
Energy USA and Canada 9–17.6.80 14,494
France and Germany 4–18.7.80 4,005
Environment NIL
Belgium and Luxembourg 13–15.7.80 2,385
Foreign Affairs Gulf States, Thailand and Jordan 28.4–10.5.80 21,321
Overseas Dev. Sub. Comm. Kenya and Malawi 2–10.5.80
Overseas Dev. Sub. Comm. France 999
Home Affairs NIL
Industry and Trade Belgium 21–22.5.80 1,171
Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong 17,10–1.11.80 24,358
Public Accounts NIL
Scottish Affairs Irish Republic 16–18.6.80 1,915
Social Service NIL

contains many accounts of individual civil servants being encouraged and assisted to cope with their difficulties. Within the Civil Service Department, efforts to employ disabled people and to enable them to overcome problems in the working environment will continue. No specific funds have been allocated as the resources required depend on individual circumstances.

Mr. Alfred Morris

asked the Minister for the Civil Service if he will conduct during the International Year of Disabled People 1981 a thorough review of all his Department's policies that affect disabled people; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Hayhoe

The policy within the Civil Service is to employ disabled people wherever possible and to encourage and assist them to overcome the problems posed by their disabilities This policy is kept under continuous review through regular meetings of Departmental disabled persons officers, who have the responsibility within their own departments for the employment and career development of the disabled.