HC Deb 19 March 1985 vol 75 cc443-4W
Mr. White

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many private residential homes have been registered with his Department since 1979.

Mr. John MacKay

Statutory responsibility for the registration of residential establishments provided for social work purposes rests primarily with local authorities. It is open to my right hon. Friend to direct that applications for registration should be made to him in particular cases, but he has not exercised this power since 1979.