HC Deb 04 February 1976 vol 904 c678W
Mr. Richard Wainwright

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what functions, regulated by her Department, are carried out by United Kingdom local authorities; and if she will list the Acts under which these functions are performed.

Dr. Owen

The range of functions carried out by local authorities concerned with the personal social services, public and environmental health, for which the Department has central responsibility, is very wide and the information requested is not readily available; it could be provided only by a considerable expenditure of staff time.