§ Mr. Michael
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will make it his policy to provide financial support to the Wales Epilepsy Association to enable it to develop services of advice, guidance and support network for epileptics and their families throughout Wales.
§ Mr. Nicholas Bennett
Health and social services authorities are responsible for assessing the needs of their local populations and for securing such services as they feel are appropriate to meet them.
The Wales Epilepsy Association has submitted an application for financial assistance in support of headquarters and project development costs under section 64 of the Health and Public Services Act 1968. I am shortly to see a delegation from the association, led by the hon. Member for Caernarfon (Mr. Wigley) to discuss their work. A decision on the application for section 64 funding will be made as soon as possible in the light of our consideration of all applications made for the available funds.