§ Mr. Boswell
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how many claims of discrimination under the provisions of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 have been considered to date by(a) employment tribunals and (b) the courts. 
§ Ms Hodge
From April 1997 to December 2000, the employment tribunals have considered at a full and final hearing 713 claims made under the employment provisions of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995. Due to changes to the database system of the Employment Tribunals Service in 1996, statistics are not available for 1996–97.
Seven claims under Part III of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 had been heard by county and sheriff courts up to September 2000, the latest date for which research information is available.