§ Mr. Carter-Jones
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what assessment he has made of the effect on disabled persons and their employment prospects of reductions in courses at the Open University; if he is taking any action in this regard; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Newton
We are currently considering whether any help might be given where the Open University is engaged in fields concerned with disability. Last year we agreed to provide £100,000 over two years to MENCAP to enable the Open University to develop a course designed to help carers of mentally handicapped people.