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Public Lavatories: Disabled

Volume 496: debated on Wednesday 15 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what his policy is on the provision of Changing Places public conveniences. (285732)

We are keen to see increasing numbers of Changing Places toilets, and will be exploring in detail what role Building Regulations might play in supporting improvements in provision at a national level. In order to do this, we will shortly be commencing a review of part M (access to and use of buildings) of the Building Regulations, which includes consideration of sanitary provision for disabled people, and revised guidance would be scheduled to come into force in 2013.

In addition, this Department’s Strategic Guide on ‘Improving Public Access to Better Quality Toilets’, published last year, highlighted what local authorities, who have powers to provide public conveniences, and their partners can do to improve public access to toilets in their area. This included a section that drew attention to the Changing Places campaign, and stressed the importance of these facilities to people with profound and multiple learning disabilities.