HC Deb 10 May 1968 vol 764 c791
Mr. Pavitt

I beg to move Amendment No. 37, in page 9, line 5, leave out from 'is' to end of line 6 and insert 'intended for the use of a person with impaired hearing for the purpose of alleviating deafness'. It might interest the Committee to know the reason for this Amendment. It is rather difficult to define precisely what a hearing aid is, and we had to be careful that we did not find ourselves legislating for people with portable transistor radios, which also amplify sound, while we needed to cover the kind of appliance that some people who are hard of hearing employ, which enables that person, with such a device, to hear the television in comfort at the same time as other people in the room are able to hear it at a comfortable level of sound. Multitone has such a device, which fits on an armchair and would come within the provisions of this Measure. It was therefore necessary to alter the words in order to make this quite clear.

Amendment agreed to.

Clause, as amended, ordered to stand part of the Bill.

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