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The Minister of Social Affairs Taavi Rõivas replied to the interpellation concerning the availability of the services intended for disabled persons (No 262), submitted by Members of the Riigikogu Lauri Laasi, Marika Tuus-Laul, Mihhail Stalnuhhin, Priit Toobal, Valeri Korb and Vladimir Velman on 16 January. The interpellators wished to know for how many persons with special needs the rehabilitation service would become more available this year. 

Rõivas pointed out the number of the persons who need the rehabilitation service. In his words, currently, a contract under public law has been entered into with 106 institutions and there is also a report on the waiting list with regard to most of them. Taking as the basis the 88 institutions who have already submitted a report, in their estimation, 11,314 persons are on the waiting list as at 5 January, among them 2492 disabled children and children applying for determination of disability, 7239 disabled adult persons and adult persons applying for determination of disability, 1571 persons of working age with a mental disorder who are permanently incapacitated for work and 12 children sent to a rehabilitation institution by a decision of the juvenile committee. 

According to Rõivas’s explanations, the Ministry of Social Affairs is changing the organisation of the rehabilitation services with a view to ensuring needs based provision of the rehabilitation service, increasing the quality of the service and ensuring an integrated approach in solving a problem related to the person upon the provision of the service. There are also plans to specify the purpose of the rehabilitation service, that is, to connect it more with working life and social coping and to ensure a more effective use of the resources. The changes are necessary to organise the current regulation of the rehabilitation services in order to ensure in the main part a needs-based, cost-effective, high-quality and effective provision of the rehabilitation service to adult persons. 

Rõivas noted that the Ministry of Social Affairs had applied for additional 1.7 million euro to be included in this year’s budget to reduce the rehabilitation service waiting list, and this is hoped to practically cover the need for the rehabilitation service for children. As regards adults, the volume of the services of all target groups will be increased by the proportion of the price rise. 

Prime Minister Andrus Ansip replied to two interpellations. They were the following: 

the interpellation concerning the leaking of a state secret (No 256), submitted by Members of the Riigikogu Aadu Must, Aivar Riisalu, Enn Eesmaa, Ester Tuiksoo, Kalev Kallo, Mihhail Stalnuhhin, Peeter Võsa, Priit Toobal, Tarmo Tamm, Valeri Korb and Viktor Vassiljev on 12 December; 

the interpellation concerning the costs on inspections carried out by state inspectors (No 257), submitted by Members of the Riigikogu Deniss Boroditš, Inara Luigas, Kalle Laanet, Lembit Kaljuvee and Rainer Vakra on 13 December. 

The Minister of Economic Affairs and Communications Juhan Parts replied to the interpellation concerning the reduction of home costs (No 260), submitted by Member of the Riigikogu Mihhail Stalnuhhin on 15 January. 

On the motion of the Economic Affairs Committee, the second reading of the Bill on Amendments to the Electricity Market Act (318 SE), initiated by the Government, was excluded from the agenda for the working week. 

During the open microphone, Kalev Kallo, Inara Luigas and Lauri Laasi took the floor. 

The Riigikogu Press Service