§ 47. Mr. David Price
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is his estimate of the effect of Command Paper No. 6440, "Cash Limits on Public Expenditure", upon the continued implementation of the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act 1970 over the next five years; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Alfred Morris
The effect of cash limits on local authority current expenditure in 1976–77 is described in paragraph 11 of Cmnd. 6440. For subsequent years, no cash limits have yet been set. I would expect that the programme for the personal social services shown in the Public Expenditure White Paper, Cmnd. 6393, would allow for continuing progress in the implementation of Sections 1 and 2 of the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act 1970. The hon. Member will have seen in my Department's recent consultative document "Priorities for Health and Personal Social Services in England" the rate at which expansion is suggested for certain key services provided under Section 2 of the Act.