§ Mr. Frank Field
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many local authorities have appointed registration officers for private residential homes: and what qualifications he specifies for appointment to these posts.
§ Mr. Whitney
This information is not collected centrally and qualifications for these staff are not prescribed. However, advice on the knowledge and skills required of registration officers is contained in section 6 of the code of practice for residential care "Home Life" which was drawn up by an independent working party and circulated with the endorsement of my right hon. Friends, the Secretaries of State for Social Services and for Wales, to all local authorities. A copy of "Home Life" is in the Library.