HC Deb 31 October 2001 vol 373 cc749-50W
Mr. Boswell

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to advise small businesses of their present and future obligations under the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, as amended. [11320]

Maria Eagle

Our "See the Person" national disability advertising campaign in 1999 and "What have you got to offer?" in autumn 2000 encouraged small businesses to consider reasonable adjustments to improve access for disabled people. A further campaign is planned for early next year.

We continue to work with partners such as the Small Business Service, the DRC and Equality Direct to identify advice and information that meets business needs.

There are also Codes of Practice available giving practical advice to employers, service providers and trade organisations about how to meet their duties under the DDA and a range of free, explanatory leaflets.