HC Deb 03 December 1997 vol 302 cc241-3W
Mr. Berry

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if he will announce the terms of reference and membership of the Disability Rights Task Force. [19471]

Mr. Alan Howarth

The Disability Rights Task Force's Terms of Reference areTo consider how best to secure comprehensive, enforceable civil rights for disabled people within the context of our wider society, and to make recommendations on the role and functions of a Disability Rights Commission. To provide the latter by March 1998 and to provide a full report of its recommendations on wider issues no later than July 1999. The Task Force will take full account of the costs as well as the benefits of any proposals, so far as is quantifiable and practicable, and in particular ensure that its recommendations for a Disability Rights Commission achieve value for money for the taxpayer.

The following have been invited to serve as members of the Task Force:

Stephen Alambritis Head of Press and Parliamentary Affairs, Federation of Small Businesses
Bob Benson Director of Disability Scotland
Jane Campbell Member of the National Centre for Independent Living and British Council of Organisations of Disabled People
Caroline Gooding Member of Trades Union Disability Alliance
David Grayson Chair of the National Disability Council, Business Links National Advisory Panel, a director of Business in the Community
Rachel Hurst Chair of Rights Now
David Jenkins General Secretary of Welsh TUC
Su Jenkins Legal Adviser, J. Sainsbury Plc
Brian Lamb Assistant Director and Head of Public Affairs, SCOPE
Colin Low Vice Chair, Royal National Institute for the Blind
Tracey-Jane Malthouse Employment Research Executive, Institute of Directors
Joe Mann General Secretary, National League of the Blind and Disabled
Bert Massie Director of Royal Association for Disability and Rehabilitation
Denise Platt Head of Social Services, Local Government Association
Brian Pomeroy Senior Partner, Deloitte and Touche Consulting Group
Philippa Russell Director of the Council for Disabled Children
Liz Sayce Policy Director, Mind (National Association for Mental Health)
Susan Scott-Parker Chief Executive, Employers' Forum on Disability
Ranjit Sondhi Former Deputy Chairman of Commission for Racial Equity

James Strachan Chief Executive, Royal National Institute for Deaf people
Richard Taylor Chief Executive, Lifespan NHS Trust
Keith Welton Group Chief Executive, Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce and Industry Limited
Monica Wilson Chief Executive of Disability Action
Richard Wood Chief Executive, British Council of Organisations of Disabled People