§ Mr. Granville
asked the Minister of Health whether he will give the appropriate priority for building of modern and suitable dwellings for the aged on a community basis in view of the hardships to which they have been increasingly subjected, and if he will consult with the local authorities on this.
§ Mr. Bevan
The National Assistance Bill now before Parliament will place a duty on the councils of counties and county boroughs to provide, for aged persons and others who cannot wholly 'care for themselves residential accommodation of the kind to which the hon. Member refers. New building for this232W purpose will be given as high a degree of priority as possible, and I shall be consulting with local authorities in the matter.