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Disabled Persons

Volume 977: debated on Monday 28 January 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) what is the latest available estimate of the total number of telephone installations in England and Wales that have been assisted under the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act 1970;

  • (2) what is the latest available estimate of the total number of telephone adaptations in England and Wales that have been assisted under the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act 1970;
  • (3) what is the latest available estimate of the number of households currently in receipt of assistance with telephone rentals in England and Wales under the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act 1979.
  • From 1 April 1972 (the earliest date from which figures are available) to 31March 1979, assistance was given with 117,400 telephone installations in England and 7,000 in Wales, and 9,900 telephone attachments were provided in England and 300 in Wales. In the year 1 April 1978 to 31 March 1979, 83,000 households in England and 5,350 in Wales received assistance with telephone rentals.

    asked the Secretary of State for the Social Services what consideration his Department has given to assisting with the setting up of industrial co-operatives for disabled people; what recent action has been taken; and if he will make a statement.

    Matters concerning such industrial co-operatives are for my right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State for Employment.