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Disabled Persons

Volume 14: debated on Tuesday 8 December 1981

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asked the Secretary of State for Transport what action his Department takes to facilitate public transport for the disabled.

I refer my hon. Friend to the reply which I gave to the hon. Member for Isle of Ely (Mr. Freud) on 23 November—[Vol. 13, c. 317–18]. In addition, the Department recognises the need to inform disabled people about improvements which make it easier for them to use public transport and where they can get detailed information and help with particular travel problems. The Department, with the help of the National Bus Company, mounted an exhibition about transport and disabled people which toured the United Kingdom in a fleet of buses this summer. The exhibition was visited by over ¼ million people, many of whom were disabled. The Department is also preparing a national "Guide to Transport for Disabled People" for publication in the new year.