HC Deb 15 November 1977 vol 939 cc207-8W
Mr. Wm Ross

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he has plans to extend the Mater Hospital, Belfast.

Mr. Carter

The deed of arrangement under which the Mater Hospital entered

Mr. Carter

Information is not available in the form requested. However, it is estimated that the numbers of persons in Northern Ireland with a hearing impairment is as follows:

Children Adults
Very severe impairment 100 1,700
Other impairment 1,700 65,000
"Very severe impairment" refers to inability to hear speech at all, even with amplification.
"Other impairment" refers to all other hearing defects down to and including difficulty in hearing in public places or in group conversation.

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