HC Deb 25 June 2003 vol 407 c846W
Mr. Beggs

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what respite care facilities are available to support children with disabilities within the East Antrim constituency. [120945]

Angela Smith

A range of respite services to support children with disabilities in the East Antrim area are available, including Whitehaven Respite Unit, Whitehead, the Challenge Unit, Ballymena and a family based respite scheme in Carrickfergus/Newtownabbey.

The development of respite care services is included in the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety's Priorities for Action 2003–04. Additional funding has been allocated for this purpose.