HC Deb 13 February 1976 vol 905 c430W
Mrs. Wise

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many residential homes for physically handicapped people will remain unused in 1976–77 because of the limitation of public expenditure.

Dr. Owen

The commissioning of new buildings is a matter for the local authorities concerned and my Department would not normally be notified of delays or deferments. I am, however, aware that authorities have had to consider their priorities very carefully this year and that Coventry City Council is considering a particular problem at the present, but I have no reason to believe that this is anything other than exceptional.

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