§ Mr. Dunnachie
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what steps he is taking to implement in Scotland arrangements under the Registered Houses Act 1984 to ensure that local authorities may satisfy themselves that a person applying for registration to run a small home for old people is a fit person and that they may visit any such home as necessary.
§ Mr. Michael Forsyth
The 1984 Act provisions do not apply in Scotland. Local authorities' statutory responsibilities for the registration and inspection of residential establishments provided under the Social Work (Scotland) Act 1968 apply as matters stand to all homes irrespective of size.