§ 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 those260W 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.