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?
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.