Written Answers. - Disability Proofing.

Wednesday, 19 February 1997

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 475 No. 2

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  17.  Mr. Doherty  Information on Seán Doherty  Zoom on Seán Doherty   asked the Minister for Equality and Law Reform  Information on Mervyn Taylor  Zoom on Mervyn Taylor   the plans, if any, he has to ensure that Government policy and public programmes are disability proofed. [4550/97]

  21.  Mr. Ellis  Information on John Ellis  Zoom on John Ellis   asked the Minister for Equality and Law Reform  Information on Mervyn Taylor  Zoom on Mervyn Taylor   the plans, if any, he has to ensure that Government policy and public programmes are disability proofed. [4551/97]

  24.  Mr. E. Byrne  Information on Eric J. Byrne  Zoom on Eric J. Byrne   asked the Minister for Equality and Law Reform  Information on Mervyn Taylor  Zoom on Mervyn Taylor   the steps, if any, being taken to implement the recommendations of the Commission on the Status of People with Disabilities; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4488/97]

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  31.  Mr. Morley  Information on Patrick J. Morley  Zoom on Patrick J. Morley   asked the Minister for Equality and Law Reform  Information on Mervyn Taylor  Zoom on Mervyn Taylor   the plans, if any, he has to ensure that Government policy and public programmes are disability proofed. [4554/97]

  35.  Ms Keogh  Information on Helen Catherine Anne Keogh  Zoom on Helen Catherine Anne Keogh   asked the Minister for Equality and Law Reform  Information on Mervyn Taylor  Zoom on Mervyn Taylor   if he has appointed the monitoring committee to oversee the implementation of the recommendations of the Commission on the Status of People with Disabilities; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4505/97]

  38.  Mr. Clohessy  Information on Peadar Clohessy  Zoom on Peadar Clohessy   asked the Minister for Equality and Law Reform  Information on Mervyn Taylor  Zoom on Mervyn Taylor   if he intends to publish a disabilities Bill in order to provide a strategy for equality for those with disabilities. [4507/97]

  42.  Dr. Moffatt  Information on Tom Moffatt  Zoom on Tom Moffatt   asked the Minister for Equality and Law Reform  Information on Mervyn Taylor  Zoom on Mervyn Taylor   the plans, if any, he has to ensure that Government policy and public programmes are disability proofed. [4553/97]

  44.  Mr. Moynihan  Information on Donal Moynihan  Zoom on Donal Moynihan   asked the Minister for Equality and Law Reform  Information on Mervyn Taylor  Zoom on Mervyn Taylor   the plans, if any, he has to ensure that Government policy and public programmes are disability proofed. [4555/97]

Minister for Equality and Law Reform (Mr. Taylor): Information on Mervyn Taylor  Zoom on Mervyn Taylor  I propose to take Questions Nos. 17, 21, 24, 31, 35, 38, 42 and 44 together.

The recommendations of the report of the Commission on the Status of People with Disabilities impact on a wide range of policy issues which are the responsibility of many Government Departments and agencies. The Government has decided to prepare a plan of action on the rights of people with disabilities, based on the report. An interdepartmental task force, chaired by my Department, has been set up to work on the preparation of that plan. The task force held its first meeting on 21 January and met again yesterday. It is expected to complete its work by the middle of the year.

The issue of disability-proofing and the question of introducing a Disabilities Bill are addressed in the commission's report and, accordingly, will be considered by the task force in its work. When the task force has drawn up its plan of action, I will bring it to Government for consideration by my colleagues.

At its final meeting in January, the Commission on the Status of People with Disabilities, in response to my request, nominated five of its members to the monitoring committee which will oversee the implementation of the commission's recommendations. This committee will comprise representatives of people with disabilities, their families and carers as well as service providers, social partners and Government Departments and I propose to establish it in the near future.


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