§ Mr. Alfred Morris
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what study he has made of the third survey of personal social services expenditure undertaken by the Association of Directors of Social Services; what action he is taking; and if he will make a statement on the survey's finding that 31 local authorities have reduced their social services budgets for 1981–82 compared with last year.
§ Mr. Fowler
I have read the survey's finding with interest, and they are being studied in my Department. I shall be in a position to set out my view of them in the next few days.