HC Deb 03 December 1979 vol 975 cc69-70W
Dr. Roger Thomas

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will give figures for the reduction in the numbers of registered independent hearing aid dispensers, on a six-monthly basis, since the introduction of smaller aids in the National Health Service range.

Mr. Eyre

I have been asked to reply.

The available figures of qualified hearing aid dispensers registered with the Hearing Aid Council are:

At 31 December 1974 734
At 31 December 1975 733
At 31 December 1976 766
At 31 December 1977 695
At 31 December 1978 565

The register was extended to cover dispensers in Northern Ireland from 1976. Seventeen dispensers in Northern Ireland are included in the total for 1976.