Respite Care

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 28th June 1995.

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Photo of Dr Norman Godman Dr Norman Godman , Greenock and Port Glasgow 2:30 pm, 28th June 1995

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent representations he has received anent the provision of respite care for those citizens with learning disabilities and their families. [29368]

Photo of Lord James Douglas-Hamilton Lord James Douglas-Hamilton , Edinburgh West

I am not aware of any recent representations regarding the provision of respite care specifically for people with learning disabilities.

Photo of Dr Norman Godman Dr Norman Godman , Greenock and Port Glasgow

Will carers and those for whom they care ever get a fair crack of the whip from this Government? Is it likely that the Minister and his equally recalcitrant officials will ever implement the recommendations contained in the report commissioned by the Scottish Office, "Patchwork Quilt"? Is it not necessary for carers and those for whom they care that the recommendations in the report be implemented as soon as possible?

Photo of Lord James Douglas-Hamilton Lord James Douglas-Hamilton , Edinburgh West

We believe that priority should be given to carers to enable vulnerable people, including those with learning disabilities, to live in the community. We have provided an additional £2.1 million to develop respite services. The guidance that has been issued highlights several objectives, including that respite care must be needs led, of high quality, accessible, strategically planned, flexible and affordable. If the hon. Gentleman believes that we are not following any of the recommendations, perhaps he will kindly let me know where he thinks that we are falling down. We insist on giving the matter high priority and shall continue to do so.