HC Deb 15 December 1998 vol 322 c876 10.27 pm
Mr. Bob Russell (Colchester)

I wish to present a petition in the name of my constituent, Mary Blandon, and 600 other residents of Colchester and district opposing the sale of old people's homes by the Conservative-run Essex county council.

The petition states:

The Petition of residents of Colchester and District, Deplores the proposal of Essex County Council to sell 33 of its 36 Old People's Homes, including Greenways, Marylands, Trippier House and Scarletts in Colchester; believe that this will deprive elderly people of a proper choice of accommodation provided by the public and private sectors; are concerned that the disposal will cause anxiety to existing residents and their families; and are dismayed that employees may experience less favourable terms of conditions if the Homes are privatised. The Petitioners therefore urge the House of Commons to introduce legislation to prevent such mass disposals of Old People's Homes. And the Petitioners remain, etc. To lie upon the Table.

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