§ 25. Mr. Michael Forsyth
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he intends to issue guidelines to health boards for carrying out their policy of care in the community for the mentally handicapped along the lines of those recently issued in Wales; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. John MacKay
My right hon. and learned Friend does not intend to issue such guidelines since he believes that it is for health boards themselves to determine how mentally handicapped persons are transferred from hospital to the community in the light of local needs and circumstances.