Ceisteanna — Questions. Oral Answers. - Physically Handicapped Persons.

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asked the Minister for Health whether grants are now being paid towards the cost of the training and rehabilitation of physically handicapped persons.

I am not clear as to the particular type of grants the Deputy has in mind.

Under the Disabled Persons (Rehabilitation) Regulations 1973 a health board may pay training fees of £14 per month in respect of disabled persons recommended for training at centres approved for the purpose by me. Such fees continue to be paid to existing training centres.

I have, however, withheld approval to the payment of fees and capital grants to new training projects pending the final report of a working party which I have established to advise me on the future development of this service. I expect to have that report in the autumn.