HC Deb 23 March 1976 vol 908 c93W
27. Mr. MacGregor

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services when she expects her detailed proposals for the first stage of phasing out of pay beds to be published; and what opportunity will be given for representations to be made on the details before they are finalised.

Mrs. Castle

I have asked health authorities and others concerned to let me have by 7th April comments on the contents I have proposed for inclusion in a Bill, to be published before Easter, of a schedule of the 1,000 beds to be phased out within six months of Royal Assent. Consultation on the actual location of these beds will continue after publication of the Bill.

A copy of the proposed reductions and of my Department's letter of 27th February 1976 to health authorities is in the Library.