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Member's debate

Conservative MSP for Central Scotland, Margaret Mitchell, led a debate on 19 November 2009 on ensuring deafblind people have the right to free travel.

Free travel is already available to those registered blind, but deafblind people are rarely able to travel alone and currently have to pay the fare for their companion.

Ms Mitchell called for cooperation among all relevant bodies to ensure that deafblind citizens can enjoy full access to public transport.

Transport Minister Stewart Stevenson said there were 15 schemes to support blind people on the rail network in Scotland, but agreed to monitor the situation.

He did stress that in the end it was down to local authorities to provide support for the deafblind, as transport facilities vary across the country and some travel schemes are run by local councils.

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