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Public Buildings

Volume 14: debated on Monday 30 November 1981

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether all public buildings falling within his Department's control, where the public have use of them, now have full and adequate arrangements for entry and egress of physically disabled persons including wheelchair cases; and if not, when he expects to achieve this.

All new buildings for which my right hon. Friend is responsible and to which the public have access, designed and constructed since 1970 have been equipped with facilities for disabled visitors. Many others built before 1970 or in leased accommodation have also been adapted. It is not possible to predict when all such public buildings could be adapted but I am ready to consider any cases which appear to present particular hardship.