HC Deb 11 March 1997 vol 292 c167W
Mr. Thurnham

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people are registered(a) blind and (b) partially sighted. [19081]

Mr. Burns

Latest centrally available figures, as published in "Registered blind and partially sighted people at 31 March 1994, England", copies of which are available in the Library, show that at 31 March 1994, there were(a) 149,700 people registered with local authorities as blind and (b) 115,700 registered as partially sighted.