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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:31 pm on 20th February 1992.

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Photo of Mr Michael Neubert Mr Michael Neubert , Romford 3:31 pm, 20th February 1992

Will there be an opportunity next week to debate early-day motion 710?

[That this House calls on the Secretary of State for the Home Department to take the necessary steps to ensure that all television programmes, including party political broadcasts, on all channels, which report on, or comment on, political matters are signed and subtitled, so that the two and a half million people who are deaf or hard of hearing are put on a par with the general hearing public in the run up to the general election.]

It proposes that all political broadcasts on television be signed and subtitled for the deaf and hard of hearing. Would not such a proposal inflict unnecessary suffering on many people? Does my right hon. Friend agree that, while there can be few advantages to the distressing disability of deafness, not hearing party political broadcasts must be one of them?