§ Mr. Simon Hughes
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of evidence on the beneficial effects for dyslexic children of piano coloured spectacle lenses; and if he will amend the regulations to allow the inclusion of such lenses for clinical purposes within the optical voucher scheme. 
§ Mr. Milburn
Officials from the Department of Health and the Department for Education and Employment will shortly be discussing this evidence with members of the Institute of Optometry. Before consideration is given to any changes to the regulations, it must be clear that any benefits to children with reading difficulties are derived specifically from the use of coloured lenses.