§ Mrs. Knight
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will make a statement on his future plans for services for deaf people.
§ Mr. Alison
My right hon. Friend announced on 9th July last a phased five-year programme to introduce the issue, under the National Health Service, of a new ear-worn aid for all who could benefit from it. The pace at which the new health authorities will be able to implement this programme must, of course, depend upon economic circumstances.—[Vol. 859, c. 1035–42.]