§ Mr. Wigley
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list those local authorities in Wales which have a designated mobility officer to assist blind and visually handicapped people. 
Mr. Jon Owen Jones
The provision of assistance to blind and visually handicapped people is now through Rehabilitation Workers.
I understand that the following local authorities directly employ Rehabilitation Workers:
- Blaenau Gwent
- Merthyr Tydfil
- Rhondda Cynon Taff
- Value of Glamorgan.
In addition, some local authorities have contracts with other organisations such as the North Wales Society for the Blind; the Gwent Association for the Blind; the Guide Dogs for the Blind or Vision Enhancement Services, to provide services similar to those of Rehabilitation Workers. These local authorities are:
In future this will become the responsibility of the National Assembly.