Home Care

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 8th March 1988.

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Photo of Henry McLeish Henry McLeish , Central Fife 12:00 am, 8th March 1988

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will list the social services departments which provide a seven-days-a-week home care service.

Photo of Mr Tony Newton Mr Tony Newton , Braintree

I regret that the information about this local authority service for England is not available centrally. Home help staff increased by an estimated 20 per cent. between 1978 and 1986.

Photo of Henry McLeish Henry McLeish , Central Fife

Unfortunately, my question has not been answered. Does the Minister believe that seven-day home care is the most effective way of keeping the severely disabled and the elderly frail in the community? If so, does he accept that local authorities need more resources to implement such a programme, and will he encourage them to do so, instead of answering as he has done today and giving the wrong information for the right question?

Photo of Mr Tony Newton Mr Tony Newton , Braintree

I wish to continue to give local authorities, whether in England or Scotland, the general encouragement that the hon. Gentleman seeks. A recent report by the Social Services Inspectorate showed that local authorities are developing old-style home help services into a more modern home care service, which is a sensible development.

Photo of Mr Martin Brandon-Bravo Mr Martin Brandon-Bravo , Nottingham South

Further to the most important topic of seven-days-a-week care, has my right hon. Friend had a chance to see early-day motion 787, and will he join colleagues on this side of the House in congratulating the hon. Member for Derby, South (Mrs. Beckett), who recently opened a private nursing home in her constituency? Does that mark a—

Photo of Mr Bernard Weatherill Mr Bernard Weatherill , Croydon North East

Order. That sounds like a business question.

Photo of Mr Tony Newton Mr Tony Newton , Braintree

I always welcome signs of conversion to common sense.