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Support for Deaf Children: South Gloucestershire

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 11:03 am on 9th May 2018.

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Photo of Chris Skidmore Chris Skidmore Vice-Chair, Conservative Party 11:03 am, 9th May 2018

I thank my hon. Friend for securing this debate. He raises important points about education provision in South Gloucestershire, which is not as good as it should be. South Gloucestershire does not do as well as neighbouring local authorities such as Bristol, particularly for deaf children and people with special educational needs. On speech and language therapy provision and its funding, does he believe that the Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire clinical commissioning group also has a role to play? Deafness is a special educational need and a physical impairment, and its detection can take place at GP centres and in hospitals, so the NHS and South Gloucestershire Council both have roles to play.