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Disabled People

Volume 686: debated on Tuesday 7 November 2006

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What legislation has been enacted since 1970 to help disabled people.[HL7777]

Information about legislation enacted since 1970 is available from the Libraries in both Houses. A full analysis of all legislation which has benefited disabled people could be undertaken only at disproportionate cost.

However, this Government are committed to extending rights and opportunities for disabled people and, since taking office in 1997, have introduced several significant pieces of legislation to strengthen the rights of disabled people, including: the establishment of the Disability Rights Commission Act 1999; the Special Educational Needs and Disability Act 2001; extending the coverage of the original DDA from 2004 to significantly improve protection from discrimination in employment and occupation, and to introduce new duties on service providers to tackle physical barriers to accessing their services; the Disability Discrimination Act 2005; and the recent Equality Act.