To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what progress he has made in the preparation of a Code of Practice under the Parking (Code of Practice) Act 2019; if he will ensure that the Code (a) requires private parking service providers comply with the Equality Act 2010 and (b) gives specific consideration to car park users who have a (i) dementia diagnosis, (ii) development disorder and (c) learning disability; and if he will make a statement.
The government is committed to developing and implementing the Code of Practice as soon as possible. The Act requires that the Code be developed in consultation with stakeholders. In this spirit, the government is keen not to pre-empt the stakeholder engagement process, which will determine the content of the Code. We are currently considering the options for the delivery of the Code, as well as the format for engaging stakeholders, and will make an announcement in due course. We are also committed to carrying out a public consultation on the draft Code of Practice, allowing all interested parties to directly respond to the proposals, as well as a Public Sector Equality Duty assessment.