HC Deb 10 November 1982 vol 31 cc164-5W
Mr. Alfred Morris

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what books of reference are used by his Department to guide those planning and designing new buildings, and major adaptations to existing buildings on the needs of the visually handicapped, the hearing impaired and the mentally handicapped.

Mr. Allan Stewart

My Department is only to a very limited extent involved in the executive design of such buildings. But some guidance on these matters is made available to the responsible authorities. Some of the main reference documents are listed as follows:

Housing Scottish Housing Handbook, Part 6: "Housing for the Disabled", Scottish Development Department, HMSO 1980. Discussion paper on "Housing for Single People, Shared Accommodation and Hostels", Scottish Development Department, 1982.

Health Buildings Hospital Planning Note 1: "In-patient Accommodation", Scottish Home and Health Department, HMSO 1977. Ward Units for Physically and Mentally Handicapped", Scottish Hospital Centre 1972. Hospital Planning Note 6: "Organisation and Design of Out-Patient Departments", Scottish Home and Health Department, HMSO 1967. Hospital ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) Services Design Guide, Department of Health and Social Security 1974.

Education and Social Work Local Authority Building Note 5: "Adult Training Centres", Department of Health and Social Security, HMSO 1972. Social Work Building Note 4: "Small Group Homes", Scottish Education Department 1979. Social Work Building Note 6: "Orkney Centre", Scottish Education Department, 1978. Social Work Building Note 7: "Kirkcaldy Centre", Scottish Education Department, 1980. Department of Education and Science Design Note 10: "Educationally Subnormal Special Schools: Designing for the Severely Handicapped", 1972. Department of Education and Science Design Note 25: "Lighting and Acoustic Criteria for the Visually Handicapped and Hearing Impaired in Schools", 1981.

Buildings in General Code of Practice for "Access for the Disabled to Buildings", BS 5810, British Standards Institution 1979.