While there may well be Departmental co-ordination over the disabled, will the Government consider having more Ministerial co-ordination, and possibly appointing one Minister to pull together all the 12 Departments which are responsible for various aspects of disabled people, so that we can see more satisfactory action for the disabled?
Since the last Administration could work effectively with a Minister of Sport, which is very important, and not go through a number of Ministries, would the right hon. Gentleman reconsider this idea of one Minister? It is not only a question of co-operation between 12 Ministers: on research, there are three Ministries involved, and now they must decide what to do with the £12 million cut in research announced by the Chancellor.
May I press the right hon. Gentleman on the fact that there were 12 Departments of State involved in framing the recent legislation? Is he aware that Ministers and their officials had to achieve miracles of rapid co-ordination so that we could make progress? Would he agree that there should now be one Minister who is responsible for all Departmental activities in this deeply sensitive field?
Would not the right hon. Gentleman agree that, where there are the most severely disabled people, who can be helped by means of technology to earn a living and who also have yet to overcome the obstacles of being severely disabled, there should be an automatic liaison between the Departments to make sure that their activities are co-ordinated?