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Children: Hearing Impairment

Education written question – answered on 8th June 2011.

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Photo of Valerie Vaz Valerie Vaz Labour, Walsall South

To ask the Secretary of State for Education

(1) what financial support his Department (a) has provided in each of the last three years and (b) plans to provide in 2011-12 and 2012-13 for hearing access equipment for deaf children in Walsall;

(2) what financial support his Department (a) has provided in each of the last three years and (b) plans to provide in 2011-12 and 2012-13 for speech and language therapy services for deaf children in Walsall;

(3) what financial support his Department (a) has provided in each of the last three years and (b) plans to provide in 2011-12 and 2012-13 for specialist education support services for deaf children in Walsall.

Photo of Sarah Teather Sarah Teather The Minister of State, Department for Education

holding answer 19 May 2011

Funding data specifically for hearing access equipment; for speech and language therapy services; and for specialist education support for deaf children are not collected by the Department. However, the available information on the net expenditure planned by Walsall local authority on the provision of education for pupils with special educational needs in the last three years is shown in the following table:

Planned (net) provision for pupils with SEN in Walsall
  2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Walsall 2,194,262 2,826,359 3,272,071

The Department is currently collecting the section 251 of the Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009 Budget data for the 2011-12 financial year. The information will not be publicly available until later in the year, when it will be published as Official Statistics.

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