§ Mr. McMaster
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what is the percentage of disabled people directly employed by his Department; and if he will make a statement.
§ Sir John Wheeler
At 1 January 1994, 1,300 staff in the Northern Ireland civil service—4.3 per cent. of the service—self-reported a disability. Of these 476,—1.6 per cent. of the service—were, or had been, registered as disabled. In addition, 81 registered disabled people are working in the Northern Ireland civil service under the employment support programme.
Of the home civil service staff in the Northern Ireland Office, one person is known to be registered disabled—0.45 per cent. of the work force.