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Disabled Persons

Volume 973: debated on Thursday 8 November 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will make a statement on his policy towards sport for the disabled, including the mentally disabled.

My policy towards sport for the disabled, including the mentally disabled, remains much the same as that outlined in my speech at Inverness in September 1978. I shall send the relevant extract to my hon. Friend.I would only add that I also wish to see improved co-ordination between the voluntary bodies concerned. I am, therefore, pleased to note the recent initiative taken by the Sports Council to assist the establishment of a generally acceptable co-ordinating body to represent all disabled sports organisations, and the concurrent action which it has inspired to clarify the need for a governing body of sport for the mentally handicapped.