HC Deb 19 April 1983 vol 41 cc68-9W
Mr. Gordon Wilson

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he has made any funds available in recent years to train and certify interpreters for the deaf in Scotland; and if he has any plans to make funds available in the future.

Mr. John MacKay

A course leading to a certificate in communication with the deaf was approved by the Secretary of State in 1980. This course is provided under the auspices of the Scottish Centre for the Education of the Deaf at Moray House college of education and the Scottish Association for the Deaf, and is subject to the proviso that the fees charged should reflect the full economic cost of providing the course. A grant was made in 1982 under section 10(1) of the Social Work (Scotland) Act 1968 in support of the headquarters expenses of the Scottish Association for the Deaf, including the salary of a full-time director, and will run for a period of three years.