§ Mr. Wigley
asked the Secretary of State for Wales at what date Section 1 of the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act 1970 became operative in Wales; 622W and whether he is satisfied that the requirements of that section are now being undertaken in every part of Wales.
§ Mr. Barry Jones
1st October 1971. Yes. The increase in the number of handicapped people on local authority registers—from 19,758 on 31st March 1972 to 42,015 on 31st March 1977—is an indication of the progress that has been made.
§ Mr. Wigley
asked the Secretary of State for Wales what advice he has received since 1974, under Section 16 of the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act 1970, concerning the training of disabled persons for employment, and their placing in employment.
§ Mr. John Grant
I have been asked to reply, since Section 16 of the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act 1970 refers to the duties of the National Advisory Council on Employment of Disabled People under the Disabled Persons (Employment) Act 1944 to advise the Secretary of State for Employment. Advice is regularly received from the council on a wide range of broad policy matters relating to the employment and training of disabled people. The advice of the council is implemented by the Manpower Services Commission with apropriate reference to the MSC Committees for Wales and Scotland.