§ Mr. Luce
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) what proportion of children are screened for deafness in their first year;
(2) how many children with severe congenital sensorineural deafness are diagnosed in their first year;
(3) how many babies have been born deaf per annum for the last five years as a result of maternal rubella.
§ Dr. Owen
I regret that the information is not available in the form requested, but profound prelingual deafness in children is believed to occur in some 15 out of every 10,000 live births. I am concerned about the arrangements for detecting hearing loss in infants and children; health authorities are being consulted about their current procedures and I shall consider the need for further action in the light of this.