HC Deb 16 December 1970 vol 808 cc1336-7
24. Mr. McElhone

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what steps have been taken to make the Palace of Westminster more accessible to disabled people, following the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act, 1970.

Mr. Channon

I am glad to say that disabled people can already get to the main public parts of the building by the use of existing lifts. I am looking into the possibility of providing still better access by way of ramps in Star Chamber Court. Special lavatory facilities have now been provided off the Lower Waiting Hall.

Mr. McElhone

While I pay tribute to the work which has already been started, would not the hon. Gentleman agree that, as this was the building in which this wonderful piece of legislation was created, it is only right and proper that any further alterations should have the highest priority?

Mr. Channon

I entirely agree, and the policy so far accords broadly with, and is anticipating, the provisions of the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act.