Like all hon. Members, I am jealous of the rights and responsibilities of local authorities. However, could not my hon. Friend issue a circular to give advice? Does he know that Lancashire County Council is withdrawing the small allowance of tobacco and sweets which is made to these old people? Is not that a rather mean thing to do?
I am not sure that I would want to ask my right hon. Friend to issue such a circular. A minimum pocket money allowance is made to old people in the homes which my hon. Friend mentions, but I am not sure that it is dignified, once the basic needs of the old people are met, to dole out sweets and tobacco.