Orders of the Day — Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:41 pm on 7th July 1997.

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Photo of Mr George Stevenson Mr George Stevenson Labour, Stoke-on-Trent South 4:41 pm, 7th July 1997

I am delighted to hear what my right hon. Friend has said, but, while he is dealing with this particularly important point, may I raise two issues with him?

The first issue is social services departments' ability to deliver their part of the multi-agency package to which my right hon. Friend rightly referred. That has been affected by a lack of resources. The second issue is the growing problem of disagreement between health authorities and social services departments about who should pay for care, support and treatment. Increasingly, people who need such treatment are falling through the net.