§ Mr. Oaten
To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans he has to amend the Hearing Aid Council Act 1968 to permit a more streamlined364W disciplinary procedure for hearing aid dispensers; and what plans he has to consult on the effectiveness of the powers of the Hearing Aid Council. 
§ Dr. Howells
I am aware of the Hearing Aid Council's concerns about the Hearing Aid Council Act 1968. There continues to be considerable pressures on the legislative programme and I can give no guarantee when time might become available, but will be looking for an opportunity.