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Public Lavatories: Disabled

Volume 495: debated on Tuesday 7 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent representations he has received from groups representing disabled people on the adequacy of the level of provision by local authorities of public conveniences with disabled access. (284433)

The noble Lady, Baroness Andrews met representatives of the Changing Places Consortium on 13 January 2009 to discuss their campaign to promote specially equipped toilets for people with profound and multiple learning disabilities. Local authority provision of such toilets was discussed. The updated British Standard ‘BS8300 Design of Buildings and their approaches to meet the need of disabled people—Code of Practice’, was published in March 2009, which includes expanded guidance on the design and provision of Changing Places facilities.

In the last six months, this Department has received letters from members of the public about various aspects of local authority public toilet provision, but none from groups representing the interests of disabled people.