§ Mr. Foulkes
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what action he is taking to increase the percentage of disabled persons employed by the Scottish Office and the Scottish prison service from 1.6 per cent. and 0.4 per cent., respectively, to the level of 3 per cent. specified in the Disabled Persons (Employment) Act.
§ Mr. Younger
The officers in my Department and in the Departments responsible for recruitment are fully aware of the Government's policy on the employment of registered disabled persons, and work closely with the specialist staff of the Manpower Services Commission. Many war-disabled employees have reached retirement age and there are severe limitations on the employment of disabled persons in the prison service, where the nature of the work demands, in most posts, a high standard of physical fitness.