Disabled People

House of Commons Commission written question – answered on 27th April 2006.

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Photo of Tom Levitt Tom Levitt PPS (Rt Hon Hilary Benn, Secretary of State), Department for International Development

To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission if he will make a statement on the Commission's progress in fulfilling its statutory obligation to promote the rights of disabled people.

Photo of Nick Harvey Nick Harvey Shadow Secretary of State for Defence

A number of specific actions are in hand to address disability issues. For example:

The visitor reception building currently under construction will facilitate access for those with mobility problems, providing level access for the first time for all visitors to Westminster Hall and the associated public facilities, and an alternative covered route for ambulatory disabled visitors to Central Lobby and the Palace via Star Chamber Court;

A programme to improve signage around the parliamentary estate is in hand;

Hearing loops have been installed in all Committee rooms as well as the Chamber;

The project to upgrade the parliamentary website is addressing disability access, and disabled users have been consulted as part of the trial;

Information is being collated on reasonable adjustments that have been made for staff so as to create a 'one stop shop' for information in this area, making it easier for staff and managers to access the information;

Workshops and guidance notes on supporting staff with disabilities will be available to staff and managers after the summer recess.

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