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S5W-11727: Alex Cole-Hamilton (Edinburgh Western)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 2 October 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what legislation governs access arrangements for people who are accompanied by assistance dogs, and whether it plans to amend this.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman 26 October 2017

The Equality Act 2010 states that it is unlawful for a service provider to discriminate against a disabled person by direct or indirect discrimination, discrimination arising from a disability, failure to make reasonable adjustments, harassment, discrimination by association, victimisation or discriminatory advertisements. This legislation would prohibit discriminatory access arrangements.

The Scottish Government has no plans to seek amendments to the Equality Act 2010.

There are also specific pieces of legislation related to the licensing of taxis and private hire cars as covered in the answer to S5W-11728 on 25 October 2017. Further, the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh Regulations 1989 (SI 1989/830) exempt guide dogs from the general prohibition on taking animals into any of the four Royal Botanic Gardens.

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