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Public Lavatories

Volume 707: debated on Friday 6 February 2009

Question

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To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will extend the provisions of the Public Lavatories (Turnstiles) Act 1963 to include lavatories provided for public use within private developments. [HL947]

Lavatories provided for public use in private developments are covered by disability discrimination legislation, which requires that reasonable adjustments be made to enable disabled people to access those services. In addition, the British Standard BS8300 (Design of buildings and their approaches to meet the needs of disabled people—Code of Practice) states that, “where turnstiles or other similar forms of access control, e.g. those with rotating arms, are used, a complementary side-hung gate should be installed to provide access for wheelchair users and people with limited mobility”.

These provisions aim to ensure that, where turnstiles are used, alternative access, or access to alternative facilities, is available to people with limited mobility.