§ Mr. Alton
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services, in view of the case of Mrs. Longsdale of Liverpool, whether he is aware of other disabled people living in Liverpool whose need for a telephone has been accepted by the social services department, but for whom no arrangements for its provision have been made; whether he will seek to ensure installation as soon as possible; and if he will use his powers under section 36 of the National Assistance Act 1948 to investigate the case of Mrs. Longsdale.
§ Mr. Rossi
My right hon. Friend is already considering a recent suggestion that he should exercise his powers under section 36 of the National Assistance Act 1948 in respect of services provided for Mrs. Longsdale. A letter has been sent to the chief executive. I shall write to the hon. Member once these inquiries are complete.