§ 36. Mr. David Price
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether, in view of the undertakings given by the then Under-Secretary of State, the hon. Member for Wokingham (Mr. van Straubenzee), during the Report stage of the Museums and Galleries (Admission Charges) Bill that the disabled would be treated as sympathetically as the old, he will make clear that free admissions apply to the disabled as well as to the old.
§ Mr. St. John-Stevas
My hon. Friend gave no undertaking in terms of the Question, but in two respects arrangements favourable to the disabled have been made. First, an attendant required to assist a registered handicapped person on a visit to one of the national museums and galleries may be admitted without charge. Second, a handicapped person registered under the National Assistance Act 1948 will throughout the year pay a reduced charge of 5p. I suggest my hon. Friend should see how these arrangements work out in practice. I am sure that the trustees and others at museums and galleries whose responsibility it is to administer the arrangements will do so conscientiously and reasonably.