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Blind And Partially Sighted People

Volume 229: debated on Tuesday 27 July 1993

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To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what arrangements his Department makes to ensure that blind and partially sighted people have access to information produced by his Department where it has not been published in alternative media such as Braille, large print or tape.

Information published by the Department's disability unit is produced on tape as a matter of course; the unit's short documents are produced in Braille, and large print is produced on request.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what is his Department's policy on which information produced by his Department is published in alternative media to standard print such as Braille, tape or large print.

The Department does not make special arrangements to ensure that blind and partially sighted people have access to most of the information it produces.However, it does take care to ensure that the availability of its information is brought to the attention of as wide a range of the public as possible—including through the broadcast media.

In addition, information published by the Department's disability unit is produced on tape as a matter of course; the unit's short documents are produced in Braille, and large print is produced on request.

This policy is being reviewed.