HC Deb 26 June 1995 vol 262 c559
15. Dr. Godman

To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage what recent representations he has received about the distribution of national lottery funds to voluntary organisations which are concerned with the encouragement of social, cultural and sporting activities involving the active participation of people with disabilities. [28757]

Mr. Sproat

I have received a number of representations about the distribution of national lottery proceeds and disability issues.

Dr. Godman

Does the Minister agree that far too many theatres, cinemas, galleries, sports halls and swimming pools are utterly inaccessible to disabled people? Should not the question of accessibility loom large whenever grant applications are assessed by those in charge of such funds?

Mr. Sproat

Yes, certainly; the hon. Gentleman makes a good point. The Sports Council has been specifically instructed by my right hon. Friend to take disability issues, including access, very much into consideration when grants are being made.