HC Deb 01 February 1995 vol 253 cc734-5W
Mr. McAllion

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what proportion and number of non-industrial civil servants in the Departments and agencies for which he has responsibility are registered disabled and disabled as defined by the Cabinet Office document "Focus on Ability".

Mr. Lang

The number and proportion of non-industrial staff who were registered disabled in the Departments and agencies for which I have responsibility are set out in the table that follows. The table records the position as at 1 July 1994. The table also lists those cases where central personnel records indicate that an individual is disabled although not registered.

The Scottish Office, moreover, recently undertook a survey of disability and long-term health conditions in the workplace, which covered staff in the Scottish Office and its agencies—for the Scottish Prison Service only headquarters staff were covered. The survey of some 7,680 staff—including 493 industrial staff—revealed that 97 felt that they were affected "a great deal" and a further 300 "to some extent" by a disability or long-term health condition in the workplace. This represented a total of 5.2 per cent. of all staff. These results suggest that there may be at least as many non-registered disabled people in Departments as there are registered.

Non industrial staff at 1 July 1994—Disability
Department/Agency Disabled—Registered Disabled—Not Registered
Number Percentage Number Percentage All Staff
The Scottish Office and its Executive Agencies:
SO Core 63 1.4 8 0.2 4,590
Historic Scotland 1 0.3 386
Scottish Fisheries Protection Agency 1 0.5 193
Scottish Agricultural Scientific Agency 1 0.8 1 0.8 125
Scottish Office Pensions Agency 7 4.0 2 1.1 174
Student Awards Agency for Scotland 4 2.6 151
Scottish Prison Service 2 0.1 4,110
Associated Departments:
General Register Office for Scotland 2 0.8 257
Scottish Records Office 2 1.6 129
Other Responsibilities of the Secretary of State for Scotland:
Forestry Commission 21 1.0 51 2.4 2.092
Crown Office 6 0.5 1,126
Scottish Courts Administration 6 0.8 7 0.9 760
Registers of Scotland 37 3.1 1,136