§ Mr. McMaster
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what plans he has to introduce further legislation to encourage employers to recruit more disabled employees; and if he will make a statement.
§ Miss Widdecombe
I have been asked to reply.
The Government encourage the recruitment of disabled employees through their long-standing programme aimed at educating and persuading employers to recognise the abilities of disabled employees and to adopt good employment practices. We will also continue to provide effective and practical help both to employers and to disabled individuals. More than 53,000 disabled people were helped to find work last year by Employment Service advisers and we are aiming to help more than 56,000 this year.