§ Mr. Geoffrey Lloyd
asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether he will introduce legislation to reduce requirements for visiting by social workers of various authorities, in the light of the recent investigations carried out by the Birmingham Corporation, a copy of which has been sent to him by the right hon. Member for Sutton Coldfield.
§ Mr. Houghton
I thank the right hon. Gentleman for sending me a copy of the report of the Birmingham Corporation. I welcome all steps taken to review functions and practice and so to improve the co-ordination of these services to avoid overlapping and duplication. My colleagues and I are studying this problem at the present time, but I am not yet ready to announce our conclusions.