§ Mr. Patchett
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what discussions he is having with disablement groups regarding the proposal to introduce a disability employment credit; and when he last met the Disablement Income Group.
§ Mr. Meacher
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security (1) how he proposes formally to consult disability organisations on his proposals outlined in "The Way Ahead—Benefits for Disabled People";
(2) when he expects to publish draft proposals for the disability employment credit.
§ Mr. Scott
We regularly meet the disability organisations to discuss a wide range of issues. I met the Disability Benefits Consortium—an umbrella group representing over 250 disability organisations including the Disablement Income Group—on 5 April in the second of a series of meetings to discuss their views on "The Way Ahead".
The proposals for a disability employment credit were outlined in "The Way Ahead"; the Government propose to implement these proposals by bringing forward legislation at an early opportunity.