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Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee

Volume 475: debated on Monday 12 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 28 April 2008, Official Report, column 33W, on public transport: concessions, what representation of those with mental health disabilities there is on the Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee. (204018)

There is no specific representation of those with mental health disabilities on the Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee (DPTAC).

Section 125 (3) of the Transport Act 1985 provides that at least half of the membership of the Committee should consist of persons who are disabled. Currently over 60 per cent. (13 out of 21) of the Committee are disabled. Members are appointed on merit and have experience of disability issues in general and understanding of the particular issues pertaining to certain impairments. DPTAC has a pan-disability approach to its work and its advice regularly reflect the views and concerns of people with different types of impairments.