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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the implementation of the Special Educational Needs and Disability Rights Act 2001 in (a) hospitals and (b) primary care centres in respect of deaf people and people suffering from hearing impairment.
The remit of the Special Educational Needs and Disability Act 2001 does not cover hospitals or primary care trusts. The Act amended the Education Act 1996 to strengthen the right to a mainstream education for pupils with special educational needs where parents want it and where it is compatible with the efficient education of other children. It also amended Part 4 of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 to require local education authorities, schools, colleges, universities and providers of adult education not to discriminate against disabled people in their access to education for reasons relating to their disability and to require local education authorities and schools to plan to increase progressively, and overtime, access to schools by disabled pupils and prospective pupils.