§ Mr. Stainton
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if, in view of the increase in redundancies and early retirements, he will ensure that the Occupational Pensions Board reports without further delay on its April 1978 remit concerning the protection of occupational pension rights, including transfers between schemes.
§ Mr. Rossi
The Occupational Pensions Board was asked to consider this complex issue in April 1978 and it was recognised that the task would take up to three years to86W
provision at local level of a wide range of services by health and local authorities, voluntary organisations and others. This requires close collaboration between the various local statutory authorities and voluntary organisations in the planning and provision of services and this is encouraged by the Department.
In this, the International Year of Disabled People, I am sure that all concerned will do all they can to further its aims of greater integration and participation of disabled people.