HC Deb 24 June 1992 vol 210 cc255-6W
Mr. Galbraith

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what information he has on the number of deaf-blind people in each regional and island authority.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton

Provisional figures as at 31 March 1991 for people who are registered blind or partially sighted and who are also deaf are set out in the tables.

The Scottish Office has provided SENSE in Scotland, the voluntary body which works on behalf of deaf-blind children and young people, with grants under sections 9 and 10(1) of the Social Work (Scotland) Act 1968 totalling £60,000 in the current year. A capital grant of £36,000 was given to SENSE and Quarriers Homes in 1988 to help with building costs at the Overbridge centre, a national residential centre for deaf-blind people in Pollockshields.

In addition, revenue grants totalling £22,000 and a capital grant of £10,000 have since been made to Visualise, an organisation which offers training in social skills to blind post-school young people who are multipally handicapped, at a residential centre in Edinburgh.

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