§ Mr. Murphy
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what progress has been made in measures to enable him to implement section 6 of the Disabled Persons Act 1981; and if he will make a statement.
§ Sir George Young
My Department consulted in 1982 on proposals for implementing section 6, but the response indicated that new building regulations, applied and enforced by local authorities, would be a more effective alternative. After further consultation, new building regulations came into operation on 1 August 1985 requiring that new offices, shops, single-storey factories, educational and public buildings should be accessible to disabled people.