HC Deb 23 May 1978 vol 950 cc559-60W
Mr. Wigley

asked the Secretary of State for Wales what is the sum total of the number of new houses concerning the provision of which he has received submissions from local authorities in Wales since 1974; and, of these, how many new houses made special provision for the needs of chronically sick and disabled persons.

Mr. Alec Jones

It is not clear what submissions are being referred to by the hon. Member. Mobility dwellings and dwellings designed for the chronically sick can be provided in a variety of ways, not all of which involve submissions to the Secretary of State. Of the 26,787 local authority and new town dwellings in respect of which yardstick cost submissions were made between 1974 and 1977, 97 were specifically identified as being in those categories.

Mr. Wigley

asked the Secretary of State for Wales what guidance he has given to the local authorities in Wales concerning the requirements of Section 15 of the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act 1970, for local authorities to co-opt chronically sick and disabled persons on to local authority committees; and whether this requirement is being met by local authorities in Wales.

Mr. Barry Jones

Guidance was issued to local authorities in 1970 by Welsh Office Circular 85/70. I have no information to suggest that authorities are not fulfilling their obligations.