HC Deb 08 May 1987 vol 115 c565W
Mr. Alfred Morris

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what progress he has made in his consultations concerning the extension by order to Northern Ireland of the Disabled Persons (Services, Consultation and Representation) Act 1986; if he will host a conference on the Act for voluntary organisations, professional workers and people with disabilities; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Needham

Consultations have already been undertaken within the Department of Health and Social Services and other interested Government Departments and the views of health and social services and education and library boards are now being sought. While there are no plans to organise a conference on the lines suggested, initial comments on the Act have also been invited from the Northern Ireland Council on Disability, which acts as an umbrella organisation for voluntary groups concerned with the disabled.