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Parking: Disabled

Volume 497: debated on Tuesday 13 October 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport with reference to his Department's response to the independent strategic review into possible extensions to the Blue Badge scheme (a) what progress has been made in implementing a non-Blue Badge option to allow people with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) immediate access to parking facilities without incurring penalties and (b) what discussions he has had with the Minister for Disabled People on parking provision for people with IBD. (292142)

The information is as follows:

(a) The Department for Transport's response to the independent strategic review of the Blue Badge scheme set out its preliminary views and formed part of the consultation package on the Comprehensive Blue Badge (Disabled Parking) Reform Strategy (England). The final Strategy, which was published in October 2008, sets out our priorities for action on improving the scheme. This does not include any commitments in respect of people who do not qualify for the scheme, such as those people with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). In terms of improving the provision of public toilets, you will be aware of the Government's Strategic Guide “Improving Public Access to Better Quality Toilets” which sets out how central Government, working in partnership with local authorities, the private sector, and communities, can promote better public access to toilets.

(b) None.