HC Deb 21 May 1980 vol 985 cc229-30W
Mr. John Patten

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services when he will initiate a public review of the working of section 47 of the National Assistance Act 1948; and if he will make a statement.

Sir George Young

I am still examining the paper prepared by Dr. Muir Gray. As soon as I reach a conclusion as to whether there is a need to review section 47, I shall write to my hon. Friend.