asked the Secretary of State for the Environment, pursuant to the answer of 2 July, Official Report, column 98, if he will give the reasons for his decision not to make it a general requirement that lifts in buildings should contain emergency telephones which can be used by people wearing hearing aids; and if he will make a statement.
My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State has no plans to make such a requirement because adequate arrangements already exist through licences granted by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry for the running of branch communications systems, to which I referred in my reply to the hon. Member on 2 July at column 98.