§ Mr. Redmond
To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will(a) introduce a statutory disregard of capital resources for those in need of long-term social and nursing care and (b) give a higher priority to the well being of this group; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Mr. Bowis
The legislation and guidance for local authorities contained in the "Charging for Residential accommodation Guide" clearly state the amount of capital that must be disregarded for charging for residential accommodation. The development of services for older people—(the majority in this group)—has been and remains one of the Government's priority areas. The new capital limits being introduced from April will enable them to retain a minimum of £10,000 of their capital assets.
§ Mr. French
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has for new measures on long-term care.