§ Mr. Andrew Turner
To ask the Secretary of State for Health which health bodies have bid for allocations to456W support the provision of digital hearing aids following his Christmas Eve 2001 announcement on the subject; for how much each has bid; what resources are available centrally for this purpose; and when he expects to respond to these bids. 
§ Jacqui Smith
[holding answer 16 April 2002]: I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave to the hon. Member for East Worthing and Shoreham (Tim Loughton) and the hon. Member for Twickenham (Dr. Cable) on 10 April 2002, Official Report, column 465W. Discussions will now take place between the project management team and those sites joining the project to determine the resources each will need.