§ 29. Mr. Godman
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what plans he has to modify the regulations governing the registration and inspection of residential and nursing homes for the elderly. 
§ Mr. Galbraith
The Scottish Office issued guidance to Health Boards and interested parties on 8 July this year on national core standards for the registration, operation and inspection of nursing homes. Following consultation, guidance will be issued soon to local authorities on the registration and inspection of residential care homes. Legislation on the regulation and inspection of residential and nursing home care and domiciliary care will follow when a suitable opportunity presents.