Below is the text of the written answers relating to Prime Minister’s Question Time from 29th June 1994.
Mr. McMaster : To ask the Prime Minister when he last met representatives of organisations for, and of, disabled people to discuss the need for comprehensive anti-discrimination legislation; when he next plans to meet such representatives; and if he will make a statement.
The Prime Minister : I have had a number of meetings with interested parties. My right hon. Friend, the Minister for Disabled People, has also had a number of such meetings, including one with the all-party disablement group on 15 March. He keeps me fully informed of the issues which are discussed.
Mr. McMaster : To ask the Prime Minister what is the policy of Her Majesty’s Government in relation to access by disabled people to buildings open to the public; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Baldry : I have been asked to reply.
Section 4 of the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act 1970 and section 4 of the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons (Northern Ireland) Act 1978 oblige those who provide buildings which are visited by members of the public to make provision for disabled people. In addition, the Government have introduced provisions within building regulations for the benefit of such people. These provisions apply predominantly to new buildings and some extensions.