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Volume 202: debated on Tuesday 21 January 1992

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his reply to the right hon. Member for Manchester, Wythenshaw, 13 January, Official Report, column 522, if his Department has made any assessment of the device known as Link; if he has any plans to make the new aid available to hearing-impaired people; and if he will make a statement.

The Department has not made any assessment of the device known as Link and has no plans to do so. Provision of equipment of this kind to people who might benefit from its use can be made, according to assessment of need and subject to availability of resources, through local health, education or social services authorities.