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Disabled Children

Volume 229: debated on Thursday 22 July 1993

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To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will make a statement outlining the progress made to date by local authorities in Wales on maintaining registers of disabled children; and when he expects the first registers to be completed.

Two local authorities indicate that registers have been established. Two authorities hope to complete the register within six to nine months. Another is writing to parents seeking consent to inclusion of children's names on the register and cannot predict the date of completion. Three authorities plan inter-agency consultation later this year to establish unified registers.

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what research has been undertaken by his Department concerning the availability of locally based respite care facilities for children with disabilities in Wales.

The range of local respite care services in Wales was identified in paragraphs 3.11–3.14 of the report of a survey undertaken by social services inspectorate, Wales in August 1991 on "Organisation of Services to Children with a Disability".

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what information he has on the number of local authorities in Wales which (a) provide advice and counselling to children with disabilities and their parents, (b) prepare children with disabilities for independence, (c) provide respite care for children with disabilities and (d) provide full-time accommodation for children with disabilities.