Departmental Telephone Services

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 5th March 2007.

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Photo of Geoffrey Cox Geoffrey Cox Conservative, Torridge and West Devon

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department is taking to encourage the successful input of minicom prefix numbers into standard forms for telephone numbers on websites run by (a) commercial and (b) Government organisations.

Photo of Anne McGuire Anne McGuire The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

This Department has not undertaken any specific activity to encourage the successful input of minicom prefix numbers into standard forms for telephone numbers on websites.

However, we have conducted a number of publicity campaigns aimed at helping employers and service providers to recognise their obligations under the Disability Discrimination Act 2005, including their duty to make reasonable adjustments which may include the provision of minicom facilities for people with hearing impairments. For example, the 'Adjusting for Better Business' campaign was targeted at small and medium sized enterprises, business intermediaries and trade bodies and ran from December 2005 to May 2006, with further activity with supportive business intermediaries carried out between September and December 2006. These campaigns complement the activity of the Disability Rights Commission.

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