§ Mr. Thurnham
To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the provision of services for the profoundly mentally handicapped.
§ Mr. Freeman
Government policy is to encourage the development at local level of a comprehensive range of well co-ordinated health and social services for mentally handicapped people. Advice to authorities in meeting the needs of those who are profoundly mentally handicapped was contained in "Helping Mentally Handicapped People with Special Problems" 1984—a copy of which is in the Library.