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Tribunals: Disabled

Volume 488: debated on Friday 27 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he has taken to ensure that employment tribunal hearing centres have (a) hearing aid loops and (b) wheelchair access; and if he will make a statement. (258353)

The Employment Tribunal, as part of the Tribunals Service, carries out Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) audits on all its sites. Those identified as needing improvements to the facilities have these carried out on a priority basis.

All permanent Employment Tribunal sites have hearing loops and where temporary venues are used, individual customers’ needs are assessed and catered for, including the use of mobile hearing loops. Where the DDA audit establishes that work is necessary to provide access for wheelchair users in compliance with DDA legislation, reasonable adjustments are made, as far as is possible.