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European Year Of The Disabled Citizen

Volume 406: debated on Friday 23 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions to list the measures his Department has taken to highlight the European Year of the Disabled Citizen; what projects have beer undertaken; what funding has been given to each project; and if he will make a statement. [114499]

We held high profile launch events across the UK in January 2003 and announced our intention to publish a draft disability Bill later this year. We are funding 171 local and regional projects to highlight the UK theme for the European Year, "Promoting Rights and Participation". A list has been placed in the Library.An EU Bus promoting the European Year will tour the UK during June 2003 and will provide a focal point for a range of further activities. We are also running media campaigns to support the European Year and raise awareness about disability rights.