§ Mr. John Morris
asked the Secretary of State for Employment what steps are being taken to provide increased employment for disabled persons in Wales; and what information there is of such requiring employment in Wales, Glamorgan, and in the Port Talbot travel-to-work area.
§ Mr. Dudley Smith
The measures we have taken to expand the economy and create more employment opportunities in the assisted areas should generally improve employment prospects, including those of disabled persons in Wales. They should also benefit from the measures to help disabled people which I announced in the House on 25th March, 1971, which are being implemented, and which include plans for 340 more places in sheltered workshops. Some 7,330 registered disabled persons were unemployed in Wales on 10th January. Of these, 696 were registered in the Port Talbot travel-to-work area and 3,584 at employment exchanges in Glamorgan.