HC Deb 23 April 1996 vol 276 cc77-8W
Mr. Chidgey

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what guidance he has given to the franchising director in respect of train operating companies guaranteeing disabled access to train services. [25503]

Mr. Watts

None. The Rail Regulator is responsible for protecting the interests of disabled rail passengers. All train and station operators are required to submit for the regulator's approval a disabled people's protection policy, as a condition of being granted a licence to operate. Details of the accessibility of rolling stock were set out in my answer of 19 April to the hon. Member for Birmingham, Ladywood (Ms Short),Official Report, column 632.