§ Mr. Tony Lloyd
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services what recent steps he has taken to monitor the progress of the closure of Swinton house hospital, Salford, and of the provision of care for Marta Owen; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mrs. Currie
Arrangements for the closure of Swinton house and the relocation of its patients, including Marta Owen, are a matter for the Salford health authority in conjunction with the North Western regional health authority. Where appropriate, interim provision will be made for patients leaving Swinton house until long-term arrangements for their care are settled.