§ Mr. Wigley
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what steps he is taking to ensure that deaf people and those with communication disabilities have a statutory right to interpreters or other communication support during the assessment procedure.
§ Mr. Grist
Section 3(6) of the Disabled Persons (Services, Consultation and Representation) Act 1986 makes provision for a disabled person, or his authorised representative, who is unable to communicate, to be provided by the local authority with necessary services to ensure that such incapacity does not prevent the authority from discharging their functions or the making of representations by the disabled person, or his representative, under this section. In regard to the implementation of this section, I refer the hon. Gentleman to the reply I gave on 23 July.