HC Deb 26 July 1990 vol 177 cc516-7W
Mr. Wigley

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will take steps to ensure that disabled people have a statutory right to(a) a written outcome of their assessment procedure, (b) make representations as to their community care needs during the assessment procedure and (c) review the outcome of the assessment.

Mr. Grist

We intend that from 1 April 1991 local authorities will be required to establish a procedure for considering any representations, including any complaints, that are made to them about their discharge of responsibilities to an individual under any of their social services functions.

In addition, section 3 of the Disabled Persons (Services, Consultation and Representation) Act 1986 confers a right for disabled people or their authorised representatives to receive written statements on request following assessment and to make representations regarding assessments and their outcomes. In regard to the implementation of this section, I refer the hon. Gentleman to the reply that I gave on 23 July.