§ Mr. Dalyell
asked the Minister of Technology whether he will now refer the price rise in batteries for hearing aids to the National Board for Prices and Incomes.
§ Mrs. Joyce Butler
asked the Minister of Technology what consideration was given to the special problems of deaf old-age pensioners when the increased price of batteries for hearing aids was under review.
§ Mr. Benn
The problems of deaf old-age pensioners were considered. On the best available evidence it seems likely that the great majority use the Medresco hearing aid which is supplied free with its batteries through the National Health Service. Nevertheless, as already announced, my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Economic Affairs and I have decided to refer the question of these increased prices to the National Board for Prices and Incomes for examination, and the reference will be made shortly.—[Vol. 758, c. 31–33.]