§ Mr. Alfred Morris
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects the Council of Ministers to approve the draft directive on safe transport to work of workers with reduced mobility; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Roger Freeman
There was full discussion on the draft directive on safe transport to work of workers with reduced mobility in European Standing Committee A on 16 October 1991. I explained my position in detail at that time.
I welcome moves towards more accessible transport for people with disabilities and my Department is actively promoting and encouraging them. There are a number of legal and technical objections to the directive as currently drafted. I will he discussing with the industry, with disabled people as consumers and with European colleagues, the best way to make progress.