HC Deb 17 October 1994 vol 248 cc102-3W
Mrs. Ewing

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much has been spent by his Department in each of the last three years to(a) produce public information in alternative formats for visually impaired people and (b) publicise the availability of accessible information amongst visually impaired people.

Mr. Norris

The cost of providing public information in separate audio tape, Braille and other formats for visually impaired people is not readily available. The budgets for certain departmental publications and for mobility unit information cover the cost of producing these materials.

Mrs. Ewing

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will indicate which departmental publications are currently available(a) in Braille, (b) in large print and (c) on tape; and if he will indicate what efforts have been made by his Department to inform visually impaired people about the availability of publications in alternative formats to normal print.

Mr. Norris

The following departmental publications are currently available on audiotapeDoor To Door—A Guide to Transport for People with Disabilities

How to Use a Puffin Crossing

The Mobility Unit Annual Review

One departmental publication is available in Braille:

The Use of Tactile Surface and Dropped Kerbs at Pedestrian Crossing Points—DU Circular 1/91.

In addition, the Department's mobility unit can make available on request some printed material on audiotape or in braille.

The availability of these publications in special format is made known, directly and via the media, to organisations representing visually impaired people and to inquirers.

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