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Volume 281: debated on Tuesday 16 July 1996

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To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, pursuant to his answer of 1 July, Official Report, column 342, when he initiated discussions on the future provision of wheelchairs for disabled people in Wales; with which voluntary organisations in Wales he proposes consulting on his future policy; when he hopes to conclude his consultation; and when he plans to make operational revisions to his policy. [36594]

My officials have been in discussion with health authorities and service providers in Wales following details of the proposed new arrangements in England becoming available. These are continuing but I hope shortly to be able to consult the major organisations representing wheelchair users in Wales about the issues involved.