§ Mr. Maclennan
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what national care standards arc being prescribed for care in the community.
§ Lord James Douglas-Hamilton
[holding answer 27 February 1995]: Standards can only realistically be set at local level. The general policy is that care should he such as to allow vulnerable people to live as independent lives as practical in homely settings in the community. Following reorganisation, we will ask local authorities to develop community care charters in which they will set our standards by which their performance can he judged locally.