§ Mr. Beith
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he will advise local authorities that they should not, in response to the Government's request for reduced expenditure, withdraw the full-time warden service from sheltered accommodation for the elderly and disabled which is fitted with an alarm system.
§ Mr. Freeson
As Circular 45/76 states, the Government have deliberately avoided giving detailed and specific advice to authorities on the economies which may be possible. I have no reason to doubt that in considering the action each can take local authorities will, with the benefit of their closer awareness of local circumstances, have full regard to the position of those with special needs.