§ Mr. Waller
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services when and where resource centres will be set up to act as focal points for the development and sharing of expertise in the application of communication aids for speech-impaired people.
§ Mr. Rossi
The Department, in conjunction with the Royal Association for Disability and Rehabilitation, has decided to provide funds for the development of communication aids centres in Hammersmith and Fulham health authority, at the Charing Cross hospital; in Sandwell health authority; in Newcastle health authority; and in the Institute of Child Health, at the Wolfson centre. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Wales is taking similar action to create a centre at the Rookwood hospital, Cardiff. These, together with the existing centre at the Frenchay hosiptal, Bristol, will form a national network of centres specialising in the use and development of communication aids.