HC Deb 19 December 1989 vol 164 c330 12.41 am
Mr. James Kilfedder (North Down)

It is a pleasure and a privilege to present a petition to the House signed by 2,047 persons in respect of the deficiency of the television service provided for the deaf.

This is part of a national appeal on behalf of deaf people who number about 4 million in the United Kingdom and who believe that they are deprived of full and equal access to television because there is not adequate subtitling and sign language.

The petition prays that television channel operators should have a duty to make their programmes more accessible to the deaf by a fixed date. I wholeheartedly agree with that petition and with that plea.

To lie upon the Table.

Back to