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Parking: Disabled

Volume 490: debated on Monday 30 March 2009

To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission how many disabled parking spaces on the House Estate are available for the use of visiting members of the public. (266438)

We do not have designated car parking spaces for visiting members of the public or non-pass holders, because of security concerns and pressure on space on the estate. The Serjeant at Arms Office is sometimes able to make special arrangements for parking by disabled visitors, if the limited number of slots provided for Members and staff with mobility problems are not all in use (for example on non-sitting days or during parliamentary recess). In such cases, special arrangements for security search are made. If parking on the estate cannot be provided, disabled parking spaces are available in the nearby NCP car park at Abingdon road (opposite the Black Rod Garden entrance to the estate).