HC Deb 04 March 1981 vol 1000 cc149-50W
Mr. Wigley

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will take steps to introduce legislation to ensure that by means of planning development control on building regulations the needs of disabled persons to have access to buildings to which the public are admitted is more adequately safeguarded than at present.

Mr. Geoffrey Finsberg

The Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act 1970 already requires that all new buildings to which the public are admitted shall wherever reasonable and practicable be provided with means of access for disabled people. There is, in addition, a published British Standard Code of Practice (No. 5810) available to help architects and designers provide satisfactory access arrangements.