§ 17. Mr. Tom Clarke
To ask the Secretary of State for Health when Her Majesty's Government intend to implement the community care section of the National Health Service and Community Care Act 1990; and if she will make a statement.
§ Dr. Mawhinney
We set out the timetable for implementing our community care reforms in 1990. Many of them have already been achieved. Local authorities introduced arm's length inspection units and complaints procedures in 1991. At the same time we introduced the mental illness specific grant which will support £43 million of expenditure this year and the alcohol and drugs specific grant which supports £3 million of expenditure this year. Virtually all authorities have published their first community care plans this April as required under the 1990 Act. We are on course to implement the remainder of our reforms by April 1993.