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Schools (Wheelchair Access)

Volume 76: debated on Wednesday 3 April 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether he is satisfied with the extent of wheelchair access to schools since the coming into force of the Education Act 1981; and if he will make a statement.

It is for individual local education authorities to decide what measures are necessary to fulfil their obligations under the Education Act 1981. Advice on the design and adaptation of buildings was issued last year in the Department's building bulletin 61 "Designing for Children with Special Educational Needs — Ordinary Schools." Specific guidance on access for disabled people to educational buildings, including wheelchair access, is given in design note 18, revised last year.