§ Mr. Carter-Jones
asked the Minister of Transport whether he has considered US Department of Transport regulations 342W issued on 2 July 1979 regarding provision for disabled elderly people, with a view to their applicability in the United Kingdom; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Kenneth Clarke
I understand these United States requirements involve very large capital outlays and annual running costs. While I shall watch with interest how the American ideas work out, I believe it is possible for public transport operators and manufacturers and local authorities to help many disabled people at much less cost, and my Department has made advice available.