Departmental Publications for the Visually Impaired

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 24th February 2005.

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Photo of Paul Goodman Paul Goodman Shadow Minister (Disabled People), Economic Affairs

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many and what proportion of publications issued by his Department are available in (a) Braille, (b) autoprint, (c) large print and (d) easy read format.

Photo of Bill Rammell Bill Rammell Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Foreign & Commonwealth Office

holding answer 24 January 2005

Of the 70 publications produced by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) Services Publishing at the behest of FCO budget holders during 2003–04, other than the Departmental Report which was produced in 11 point type, none were requested to be made available in Braille, autoprint, large print or easy to read formats.

However, FCO Services continue to encourage budget holders to provide material in other formats where appropriate. Many are available on-line at and the FCO Departmental Report was produced with the co-operation of the Plain English Campaign and typeset in a larger size. The FCO web platform meets UK Government guidelines on accessibility for the visually impaired allowing text and images on websites to be displayed via screen readers and Braille displays.

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