HC Deb 17 October 1994 vol 248 c135W
Mr. John Marshall

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many registered disabled are registered as(a) visually impaired, (b) having impaired hearing and (c) needing a wheelchair.

Mr. Bowis

At 31 March 1991 there were 230,000 people on the registers of blind or partially sighted people. At 31 March 1992 there were 137,000 people on the registers of deaf or hard of hearing.

Information on the number of persons on the registers of physically disabled people in England by category of disability at 31 March 1993 was published in "Registers of physically disabled persons (General Classes) (A/F/93/19)", copies of which are available in the Library. The use of a wheelchair in meeting a person's individual needs is a matter for assessment locally.