HC Deb 18 May 2004 vol 421 cc46-7WS
The Minister for Work (Jane Kennedy)

Further to the written statement on 4 December 2003 by the Minister for Work, my hon. Friend the Member for Kilmarnock and Loudoun (Mr. Des Browne),Official Report, columns 68–70WS, when the Government gave a commitment to produce and publish a "Framework for Vocational Rehabilitation" by late summer 2004, I am pleased to announce the publication today of a discussion paper on vocational rehabilitation. Comments on the discussion paper will feed into the development of the framework.

The discussion paper describes the scope of vocational rehabilitation, outlines why the Department is developing a framework for vocational rehabilitation and describes what the framework will look like. The discussion paper also gives stakeholders an opportunity to share their thoughts and experiences on vocational rehabilitation.

Copies of the discussion paper have been placed in the Library.