Parliament: Questions Kelly's Asked

Further Education, Employment, Science and Technology Department

The Hon. K.L. VINCENT: I have a supplementary question arising from the answer. How many public sector employees are young women, how many have disabilities, and, given that the government is currently also not meeting its own target in regard to employing people with disabilities, what strategies are in place in this regard and will they actually be enforced?

The Hon. G.E. GAGO (Minister for Employment, Higher Education and Skills, Minister for Science and Information Economy, Minister for the Status of Women, Minister for Business Services and Consumers): We have worked hard to try to ensure a diverse workplace. I have some figures for women with disability in our public sector, but I do not seem to be able to put my hand on them. Nevertheless, we do monitor that space very carefully. We encourage diversity in our workplace, not only employees with disabilities but also people from different ethnic backgrounds and different cultures. I will agree to bring back those figures in relation to ages and also disability status.