HC Deb 05 July 1951 vol 489 cc2479-80
24. Mr. Watkinson

asked the Minister of Education to what extent the educational needs of deaf children are being met by the provision of pre-school clinics; and how many clinics are in operation.

Mr. Hardman

The educational needs of deaf children are met in special schools, not in clinics. Children not yet attending school, who are suspected of suffering from some hearing defect, are referred to clinics provided by or in conjunction with the school health service in order to ascertain whether they are in need of special educational treatment.

Mr. Watkinson

Does the hon. Gentleman consider that the educational facilities for deaf children are entirely adequate?

Mr. Hardman

No, Sir, I do not.