HC Deb 17 June 1997 vol 296 c134W
Mr. Blizzard

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what plans he has to increase employment for people with learning and physical disabilities; and if he will fund work schemes for such people. [3145]

Mr. Alan Howarth

The Government are committed, in partnership with interested parties, to an equal opportunities policy which will improve employment opportunities for all disadvantaged groups including disabled people, regardless of the nature of their disability. It is our intention to establish comprehensive and enforceable civil rights legislation for disabled people against discrimination in society or at work. People with disabilities will also be afforded opportunities under employment and training initiatives, including our welfare to work proposals.