§ Mr. Elletson
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many(a) physically disabled and (b) sensorily disabled people are employed in his Department; and what percentage they are of the total work force.
§ Mr. Mates
As at 1 January 1992 there were 1,262 staff in the Northern Ireland civil service—4.3 per cent. of the service—who were registered or who self-reported a disability. A total of 1,232–4.2 per cent. of the service —were physically disabled and 290–0.1 per cent. of the service—were sensorily disabled. Each of these figures includes those who are both physically and sensorily disabled.
A survey carried out in 1990 showed that, in the small home civil service group in the Northern Ireland Office, nine staff—4.3 per cent. of the group—considered that they had a disability, all of whom were physically disabled.