§ Mr. Webb
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what plans he has to change the rules that exclude disabled people from protection under the 1995 Disability Discrimination Act 1995 if they have been dismissed from a company employing less than 15 employees; and if he will make a statement; 
(2) what plans he has to update the Disability Discrimination Act 1995; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Maria Eagle
Our proposals to amend the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) are set out in our response to the Disability Rights Task Force, "Towards Inclusion—civil rights for disabled people", which was published on 5 March. Copies are held in the Library.
We will end the exemption of small employers from the DDA's employment provisions in 2004.