To ask the Secretary of State for Transport
(1) what estimate has been made of the number of people with temporary disabilities who do not meet the criteria for a disabled parking permit;
(2) what plans he has to allow people with temporary disabilities access to a disabled parking permit.
The Department is conducting a full strategic review of the Blue Badge Scheme. The review will consider the issue of temporary badges, including the potential impact of their inclusion within the Scheme. The review and upcoming reforms will help to make the scheme fairer, more consistent, tougher on fraud and easier to understand. We are scheduled to receive the findings in September 2007.