§ Mr. Kirkwood
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many times since June 1983 he has held meetings with (a) chairmen or chairwomen of local authority social services committees, (b) directors of social services departments, (c) chairmen or chairwomen of health authorities and (d) general managers of health authorities in their own areas.
§ Mr. Hayhoe
My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Social Services and ministerial colleagues have had six meetings with large groups of social services chairmen and directors and there have been two specific meetings with social services chairmen and directors in their areas. Apart from regular meetings held centrally with health authority chairmen, there have been 50 ministerial meetings (including 12 by my right hon. Friend) with them in their areas. Ministers have also met chairmen, directors and general managers on numerous other occasions in the course of normal ministerial visits to health and personal social services facilities in their areas.