§ Mr. Miscampbell
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what progress has been made in appointing the National Development Team which replaces the Hospital Advisory Service on mental handicap.
§ Mr. Ennals
The principal officers of the Development Team for Mental Handicap have been appointed and pilot exercises have been mounted. It is hoped to build up the team to its full capacity over the next few weeks by setting up a panel of people with expertise from which individuals can be drawn to serve on particular projects. Other information about the team's operations was given in my predecessor's reply to my hon. Friend the Member for Birmingham, Perry Barr (Mr. Rooker) on 17th March 1976.—[Vol. 907, c.545–6.]