HC Deb 20 October 1994 vol 248 cc339-40W
Mrs. Ewing

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland 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. Lang

My Department has spent a total of £26,000 in the last three years in the production of public information material in Braille and on audio tape. Details of the availability of this material are publicised through the Scottish Braille Press at no cost to my Department.

Mrs. Ewing

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will indicate which departmental publications are reliability criteria—sample of at least 50 and a standard error no higher than 5 per cent.

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. Lang

The following Scottish Office publications are currently available both in Braille and tape:

  • The Patient's Charter in Scotland
  • The Parent's Charter in Scotland
  • The Justice Charter for Scotland
  • The Tenant's Charter in Scotland
  • Council Tax — A Guide to the New Tax for Local Government in Scotland

"A Parents' Guide to Special Educational Needs" is also available in Braille.

Details of this material are publicised by the Scottish Braille Press, in liaison with the Scottish Office, through information releases to individual users and related organisations.

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