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Hearing Aid Council (Amendment) Act

Volume 448: debated on Wednesday 28 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on the operation of the Hearing Aid Council (Amendment) Act 1989; what recent representations she has received about the operation of this Act; and whether she has plans to amend this Act. (80197)

I have been asked to reply. The Department is happy with the operation of the said Act. As might be expected, there were protests earlier this year when the retention fee for dispensers was increased, but no Act amendment representations have been received. The Hampton report in 2004 suggested for economies of scale that the possibility of merging the duties of the Hearing Aid Council into other bodies should be considered, and the department, in conjunction with the council, continues to explore this.