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Women still lose out with loos

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In her well-researched and engaging report 'A room with a loo' (aj 30.7.98), Deborah Singmaster features Donald Insall Associates' refurbished toilet facilities in the undercroft of the Whitehall Banqueting House. On the gentlemen's side there are nine relief amenities - four wcs and five urinals. Since we know that women are accustomed to taking twice as long, there ought for the sake of parity to be 18 on the ladies' side. Instead there are five wcs only.

To counter this brand of architectural discrimination, would not Ms Singmaster urge that the Part M building regulation, which currently concerns itself only with access for people with disabilities, ought to be rejigged to cover access for everyone and ensure that women are afforded equal opportunities?

SELWYN GOLDSMITH

London SW11

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