HC Deb 11 January 2000 vol 342 c142W
Mr. Gill

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the cost implications for residential homes for the elderly of the proposals contained in the consultation document, "Fit for the Future?"; and if he will make a statement. [103471]

Mr. Hutton

The Department commissioned Laing and Buisson to work on a cost-benefit analysis of the standards to ascertain the likely burden on providers. Additional information was gathered from heads of inspection regarding the current standard of provision. Information from these studies was published in the consultation document "Fit for the Future?", together with a draft regulatory impact appraisal.