Below is the text of the written answers relating to Prime Minister’s Question Time from 20th June 1994.
Department of Transport
Ms Walley : To ask the Prime Minister what plans he has to abolish the Department of Transport or merge it with another Government Department.
The Prime Minister : None.
Mr. McMaster : To ask the Prime Minister which Ministers have been given a specific responsibility for disabled people within their respective departmental portfolios.
The Prime Minister : My right hon. Friend the Minister for Disabled People has a cross-Government remit for all issues affecting disabled people. The Cabinet Office produces a list of ministerial responsibilities which identifies the responsibilities of all Ministers, including those with specific, designated responsibility for matters affecting disabled people within their departments. The list was updated in May and copies placed in both Libraries. Copies can also be obtained from the Vote Office on request.
Civil Rights (Disabled Persons)
Mr. Madden : To ask the Prime Minister when he expects ministerial consultation on legislation providing civil rights to the disabled will be complete; and if he will introduce a Government Bill before the summer recess.
The Prime Minister : In reply to the hon. Member for Leeds, East (Mr. Mudie) on 10 May 1994, Official Report, column 153, I stated that consultation would take place within six months. Preparations are now well advanced on proposals to help disabled people. Consultation will start as soon as possible and is expected to last for three months. No legislation will be introduced in advance of consultation.