§ Mr. Hannam
asked the Secretary of State for Transport when he will publish his Department's guide to transport for disabled people.
§ Mrs. Chalker
We are publishing "Door to Door: A Guide to Transport for Disabled People" today, with my right hon. Friends the Secretaries of State for Scotland and Wales.
The guide has been produced by my Department with the advice of the Royal Association for Disability and Rehabilitation, the Joint Committee on Mobility for the Disabled and the Disabled Living Foundation. It is intended as a handbook for anyone who finds it difficult to use public transport and who does not have a car available to them. The guide covers a wide range of topics from basic information about aids and benefits to details about help and facilities available to elderly and disabled people undertaking local, inter city or international journeys. I believe that a great many people will find it a valuable source of information and advice.
The guide is available free of charge from my Department. Copies of it are being widely distributed. Many local authorities have already responded to the suggestion made by my Department that they produce a local guide to supplement the more general information contained in the national guide. I hope that many others will follow, so that a comprehensive source of information and advice about transport will be available to elderly and disabled people wherever they live.