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Volume 407: debated on Wednesday 18 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what actions she has taken or is taking to ensure that the websites of her Department, its agencies and non-departmental public bodies are accessible to partially sighted and blind people; and if she will make a statement. [117356]

It is our policy, and that of our agencies, that new or redesigned websites should be accessible in line with the World Wide Web Consortium's Web Accessibility Initiative's guidelines, as detailed in the Guidelines for UK Government websites. These include specific provision for blind and partially-sighted users. In implementing Defra's new corporate identity on our web site, we have incorporated a number of improvements into the design specifically to increase the ease of use of the site by people who are visually or physically impaired.