HC Deb 01 December 1998 vol 321 cc166-7W
Mr. Burstow

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what evaluation his Department has made of the effectiveness of section 22(1) of the National Health Services Act 1977. [61868]

Mr. Hutton

A number of studies looking at the effectiveness of joint working have been commissioned by the Department in recent years. This is in addition to the joint monitoring undertaken by the regional offices of the National Health Service Executive and Social Services Inspectorate.