HC Deb 09 February 1978 vol 943 cc667-8W
Mr. Whitlock

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is his current policy with regard to the provision of training centres for the mentally handicapped; and what guidance in this respect his Department has issued to the Nottinghamshire County Council.

Mr. Moyle

There is need for a continued increase nationally in the numbers of places available in adult training centres for the mentally handicapped, as set out in the White Paper "Better Services for the Mentally Handicapped" and subsequent guidance. The rate at which any individual local authority is

Infant mortality: deaths under 1 year of age per 1,000 live births Perinatal mortality: still births and deaths under 1 week of age per 1,000 total births
England 13.5 16.8
Regional Health Authorities—
Northern 14 19
Yorkshire 15 18
Trent 14 16
East Anglian 11 13
North West Thames 13 15
North East Thames 15 16
South East Thames 13 17
South West Thames 11 14
Wessex 12 15
Oxford 12 15
Southwestern 13 16
West Midland 15 19
Mersey 15 19
North Western 14 18

able to progress towards the desired level of provision for the population it serves is dependent on many local factors, including other local priorities and the scale and quality of existing services. Specific departmental guidance to individual authorities would not be appropriate, but my Department's social work service keeps in close touch with local authority social services departments.