8.The Department undertook public consultation on the proposed changes to the legislation in two stages from January 2005 to September 2005. Approximately 700 copies of each consultation were issued and 49 substantive replies were received in total. The vast majority of those who replied were supportive of the proposed changes. A report on the consultation can be found at www.ofmdfmni.gov.uk/consultation-report-disability-discrimination-order.pdf.
9.Consultation on the policy underlying the removal of the transport exemption (Article 7) was carried out jointly by the Department of the Environment and the Department for Regional Development. Consultation on the policy underlying the rail vehicle accessibility provisions (Articles 8 to 10) was carried out by the Department for Regional Development.