HC Deb 02 September 2003 vol 410 c12W
Mr. Paul Marsden

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of health and improvement modernisation plans set out a policy on rough sleepers. [125850]

Mr. Hutton

Primary care trusts (PCTs) are now the lead organisation responsible for planning health care services that better meet local needs. PCTs have the key role, through local delivery plans (LDPs), in representing the national health service in broader local planning arrangements around health improvement and partnerships with key local agencies. PCTs have the freedom to determine locally how they best address issues such as rough sleeping through their LDPs. As it is a matter for local decision making, the Department would not prescribe or monitor centrally how PCTs have locally addressed this particular issue.