Communication Aids

Health written question – answered on 10th June 2002.

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Photo of Ms Lorna Fitzsimons Ms Lorna Fitzsimons Labour, Rochdale

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to ring-fence funding for communication aids within extra funds provided for community equipment.

Photo of Jacqui Smith Jacqui Smith Minister of State, Department of Health

Additional funding for community equipment services has been, and will be, distributed through increased baseline allocations to health and social services in the years 2001–02 to 2003–04. Provision for improving funding for communication aids is part of those increased allocations and there are no plans to ring-fence it separately.

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