§ Mr. Hannam
To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what percentage of employers were meeting the quota established by the Disabled Persons (Employment) Act 1944 in(a) June 1979, (b) June 1983 and (c) June 1987; and what is the most recent figure.
§ Mr. Lee
The percentage of employers within the scheme meeting their quota obligation in(a) June 1979 was 35.3 per cent., (b) June 1983 31.4 per cent. and (c) June 1987 27.3 per cent. June 1987 is the latest date when figures are available. A particular difficulty for employers is that only registered disabled people count towards the quota and the number of people choosing to register as disabled has declined over the years to the extent that the 3 per cent. cannot now be met overall.