HC Deb 11 June 1997 vol 295 c472W
Mr. Burstow

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what plans he has to extend Part M of the Building Regulations to ensure that all new residential dwellings are accessible for disabled people. [2308]

Mr. Raynsford

In January 1995 the Department of the Environment issued a consultation paper on extending Part M of the Building Regulations, covering access and facilities for disabled people, to dwellings. The analysis of the responses to the consultation is complete, and active consideration is now being given to issues identified in the responses. These issues include technical points raised and also the cost of some of the measures proposed.