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Sight Impaired

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 28 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what guidelines his Department follows in respect of making printed materials and forms accessible to people suffering red/green colour blindness. (245710)

The Department’s new corporate branding has strict guidelines for the application of colour. For all corporate publications text should be:

Black on white for large blocks of text

A bold colour on white for headings or short snippets (for example quotes)

In black or white, on a bold block of colour

Our corporate design guidelines specifically prohibit the use of any colour text on any colour background.

Although not specifically formulated to address colour blindness, we believe these design principles should avoid it being an issue for our corporate publications.