HC Deb 15 February 1989 vol 147 cc259-60W
Mr. Wigley

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures he proposes to improve liaison between health authorities and local authorities, following changes in the composition of health authorities and the abolition of some district health authorities, as proposed in "Working for Patients".

Mr. Kenneth Clarke

Health authorities and local authorities are statutorily obliged to collaborate in the development of services, and mechanisms exist for encouraging liaison between them. Ways in which those mechanisms can be made to work more effectively are being examined as part of our consideration of the Sir Roy Griffiths report "Community Care: Agenda for Action", and we shall be taking account of "Working for Patients" in those deliberations.