Mr Major’s Written Parliamentary Answer on Blind People – 12 December 1986

Below is the text of Mr Major’s written Parliamentary Answer on Blind People on 12th December 1986.

Mr. Carter-Jones Asked the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) what bodies he has consulted in his Department’s review of form BD8 for blind people;

(2) what progress has been made in the review of form BD8;

(3) when the review of form BD8 began; and when he expects to be able to announce conclusions;

(4) what representations and recommendations he has received from the Royal National Institute for the Blind about the review of the form BD8.

Mr. Major In August 1983 we issued a consultation document to the relevant statutory, professional and voluntary bodies, including the Royal National Institute for the Blind, which have since pressed for a decision. Work is proceeding within the Department and we will announce a decision as soon as possible. The full list of organisations consulted is:

Association for the Education and Welfare of the Visually Handicapped

Association of County Councils

Association of Directors of Social Services

Association of District Medical Officers

Association of Metropolitan Authorities

Association of Nurse Administrators

Association of Optical Practitioners

British Association of Social Workers

British College of Ophthalmic Opticians

British Medical Association, General Medical Services Committee

British Medical Association, Ophthalmic Group Committee

British Paediatrics Association

Community Medicine Consultative Committee

Disabled Living Foundation

Faculty of Ophthalmologists

Health Visitors Association

Hospital for Sick Children Special Health Authority

Joint Consultants Committee

London Boroughs Association

Medical Research Council

Moorfields Eye Hospital Special Health Authority

National Association of Orientation and Mobility Instructors

National Association of Technical Officers for the Blind

National Federation of the Blind

National League of the Blind and Disabled

North Regional Association for the Blind

Office of Population Censuses and Surveys

Partially Sighted Society

Regional Health Authorities

Residential Care Association

Royal College of General Practitioners

Royal College of Nursing

Royal National Institute for the Blind

Society of Nurse Advisers (Child Health)

Southern and Western Regional Association for the Blind

Visual Impairment Association