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I am glad that the Minister mentioned autistic people. How will the proposals in this White Paper impact on people with learning disabilities? They probably have the lowest rate of successful employment of any group, with some 6% or fewer of adults in employment, and it is difficult to see how such a complicated system is going to help them. Can the Minister help?
My Lords, driver-only trains will be accompanied by the closure of ticket offices and no platform staff in rural areas. Is the Minister concerned that these measures will discriminate against groups such as people with learning disabilities, who may often need reassurance, have difficulty buying tickets from machines or worry about last-minute changes to train times, and so on?
My Lords, I thank Mencap and the Royal College of Psychiatrists for their briefings. I will speak against the change in the other place which waters down the protections offered to adults, and focus in particular on adults without capacity. The original Bill included protections for adults under the umbrella of “legal but harmful”, which gave robust directions to platforms on what content...
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Entered the House of Lords on 15 November 2010
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