HC Deb 29 June 1988 vol 136 cc263-4W
Mr. Ashley

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will list in theOfficial Report the procedures that have to be completed before a hospital can be closed; and whether there are any circumstances in which the procedures can be bypassed.

Mr. Scott

Between 1978–79 and 1986–87, gross current expenditure by local authorities on personal social services overall increased by over 26 per cent. in real terms. Responsibility for implementing the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act lies with local authorities, and it is not practicable to identify separately the amount spent on services under that Act. The Department does, however, receive regular returns on certain services including those provided under the Act, in addition to information from the social services inspectorate and other sources.