A recent circular on access to public bulidings for the disabled included advice on the design of cloakroom accommodation. We are very anxious to do all we can to help the disabled. The Department raises the matter with local authoriies seeking loan sanction for public conveniences whenever it appears that provision for disabled persons could reasonably be made.
Would my hon. Friend agree, however, that it is time further pressure was brought in this respect? Is he aware that in many parts of the country there are no toilet facilities which these people can use, and that it is now essential that local authorities should provide some services for them?
Would my hon. Friend agree that while the circular is most useful there is a serious problem about existing public conveniences, particularly in central London? Most public conveniences are underground and their access is by difficult steps. Could my hon. Friend try to encourage the use of ramps, the widening of doors and so on in existing public conveniences to help these people?