HC Deb 28 July 1997 vol 299 cc70-1W
Mr. Ieuan Wyn Jones

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what assessment his Department has made of the prevalence of attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder(a) in total and (b) in each health authority; what measures he proposes to assist sufferers and their carers; and if he will make a statement. [10497]

Mr. Win Griffiths

There are at present no centrally available figures on the prevalence of this disorder. The Welsh Office has contributed to the funding of an extensive Office of Population Censuses and Surveys survey into child and adolescent mental health which should establish the true prevalence rate. The assessment of need in any particular area and the provision of services is a matter for the relevant health authority working in conjunction with the local social services department and other statutory agencies. The need for good inter-agency co-operation was emphasised in the Welsh Office report "The Health of Children in Wales", issued in January this year.

Mr. Jones

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list the amount of grant aid given by his Department to(a) the hyperactive children's support group and (b) other voluntary organisations concerned with the treatment of attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder for each of the last five years for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. [10499]

Mr. Griffiths

The Welsh Office has given no direct grants to the support group or to other voluntary organisations in this field over the last five years. Records are not kept in a way which could easily establish whether any such body applied for funding during the period in question.