HC Deb 04 July 1978 vol 953 c148W
Mr. Hardy

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) when he expects to complete his review of the arrangements and regulations governing the supervision of elderly persons who are accommodated for payment in private properties;

(2) if he is satisfied that local authorities no longer restrict action to the advice provided in the circular of 1949 in connection with the supervision of privately provided accommodation of elderly persons; and if he will issue further advice to ensure that the welfare of the aged is satisfactorily maintained;

(3) if he is satisfied that local authorities adequately seek to provide suitable accommodation or sufficient supervision of properties in which elderly persons reside as a commercial arrrangement.

Mr. Moyle

I am not yet able to say when the review of provisions concerning the registration and inspection of residential homes for elderly or disabled people referred to in the reply my hon. Friend gave to my hon. Friend and the hon. Member for Sudbury and Woodbridge (Mr. Stainton) on 19th May, will be completed.—[Vol. 950, c.315–6] Information on the current practice of authorities is not currently available centrally and there will need to be discussions with local authority associations. The need for further guidance is among the matters for review.