Written Answers. - Rape Crisis Centres.

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asked the Minister for Health if it is his intention to devise a proper statutory funding scheme for the rape crisis centres in view of the essential service being carried out at these centres; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

I do not intend to devise a statutory funding scheme for rape crisis centres. Detailed arrangments for counselling and medical services for rape victims are the responsibility of the health boards. I accept that voluntary organisations play an important role in counselling such victims.