§ Mr. Arthur Lewis
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will seek to legislate to specify a minimum standard of provision of public conveniences, particularly for the disabled, in each local authority area.
§ Mr. King
Provision of public conveniences is rightly a matter for the discretion of local authorities. It is for them to ensure that the level of provision is adequate to meet the requirements of the public generally. When making new provision, authorities already have a duty under the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act 1970 to cater, as far as it is practicable and reasonable, for the needs of the disabled.