HC Deb 12 December 1950 vol 482 cc956-7
8. Mr. Carmichael

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what progress is being made by local authorities in Scotland to comply with the National Assistance Act, 1948, Part III, to provide residential accommodation for persons who by reason of age, infirmity or any other circumstances are in need of care and attention which is not otherwise available to them; and what action he intends to take to compel defaulting authorities to meet their obligations to the aforementioned citizens.

Miss Herbison

Local authorities have acquired premises for 37 homes, of which 12 have been opened. In seven cases necessary alterations are in progress, and in the remaining 18 proposals for alteration are being discussed. In addition, negotiations for the acquisition of 18 more homes are in progress. In present circumstances it can hardly be said that this progress is unsatisfactory, but my right hon. Friend is taking all possible steps to improve on it.

Mr. Carmichael

Does my hon. Friend realise that in many counties in Scotland the aged people are housed in very bad conditions? What inspection is made of these homes under the terms of the Act so that we may be kept informed of how these people are being treated?

Miss Herbison

Neither my right hon. Friend nor myself is aware that old people are in homes where they are not obtaining proper treatment, but if my hon. Friend has any information on this subject, I shall be pleased to have it.