§ Mr. Alton
To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to her reply to the hon. Member for Liverpool, Mossley Hill, of 17 July,Official Report, column 22, whether she will now take steps to set up an independent procedure to consider whether Mr. Graham Gaskin's files should be released to him; and if she will make a statement.
§ The Prime Minister
As my hon. and learned Friend the Minister for Health said in his written answer to the hon. Member on 18 July, a careful look is being taken in the light of the court's judgment in this case at the present general arrangements for social services clients to have access to their files to see whether any changes to those arrangements are needed.
The court awarded Mr. Gaskin £5,000 compensation and that sum, along with the court's award for legal fees and expenses, is being paid to him.