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