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National Marriage Guidance Council

Volume 928: debated on Wednesday 23 March 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what reply he has sent to the National Marriage Guidance Council to its request for financial support for a nation-wide sex-therapy service.

The National Marriage Guidance Council (NMGC) recently submitted a detailed report of its two-year pilot project, largely funded by my Department, in the training of counsellors to treat sexual difficulties as part of their general marriage guidance work. The report concluded that suitably trained volunteer marriage guidance counsellors can successfully counsel clients with certain sexual problems. After careful consideration of the report and NMGC's proposals to develop this aspect of its work, my Department has agreed in principle to support a development of this work up to March 1980.