§ Mr. MacKenzie
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will provide local authorities responsible for day centres for the elderly with additional resources to maintain and expand the service.
§ Mr. Rifkind
I refer to the reply given on 11 July 1985 at column 519.
The number of day centre places provided by local authorities has risen from 1,845 in 1984 to 2,204 in 1985. In addition, places in centres provided by voluntary agencies rose from 2,676 to 3,100. It is for local authorities to determine priorities, but the Government's planning figures for social work services will continue to take the needs of the elderly into account.