§ Mr. Ieuan Wyn Jones
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what plans he has to provide training for social workers and other local authority staff who may be responsible for the community care programme.
§ Mr. Grist
The primary responsibility for training local authority staff in community care rests with local authorities. The Department has provided additional help through its service initiatives for particular client groups and is, for example, spending £436,000 this year on training within the all-Wales mental handicap strategy. Further steps to enhance training in the community care242W field, in particular in relation to management and to services for elderly people, are currently under consideration.