HC Deb 15 January 1987 vol 108 c284W
Mr. Best

asked the Secretary of State for Wales what action he intends to take to improve services for elderly people in Wales in the light of consultation on his Department's document, "A Good Old Age"; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Nicholas Edwards

In the light of the encouraging response to "A Good Old Age" I intend to establish a programme of demonstration projects in order to stimulate new developments in the provision of care for elderly people in Wales. I have issued a circular today which invites local authorities, health authorities and other organisations to review the scope for further development of their services in the light of "A Good Old Age" and to submit bids for this programme. I intend to make available for this programme sums of up to £1 million in 1987–88, up to £2 million in 1988–89 and up to £4 million in 1989–90. I also intend to continue this special funding during the following five years in the light of available resources. A copy of the circular has been placed in the Library of the House.