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Volume 490: debated on Friday 27 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what timetable he has set for (a) responding to the consultation on wheelchair services undertaken as part of the review of the care services efficiency delivery retail model and (b) establishing the new procurement strategy for children’s equipment. (267464)

Discussions are ongoing within the Department to agree the most appropriate way forward for wheelchair services. We expect these discussions to be concluded by the summer.

The Department of Health, jointly with Department of Children Schools and Families, has commissioned work to develop a procurement strategy for children’s equipment, which will report in the summer.