Long-term Care

Oral Answers to Questions — Health – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 29th June 2010.

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Photo of Stephen Twigg Stephen Twigg Labour, Liverpool, West Derby 2:30 pm, 29th June 2010

What progress he has made on establishing his proposed commission on funding long-term care; and if he will make a statement.

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Photo of Paul Burstow Paul Burstow The Minister of State, Department of Health

The coalition agreement sets out our plans to establish an independent commission, which will consider how we ensure responsible and sustainable funding for long-term care. Further details on the commission will be announced shortly.

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Photo of Stephen Twigg Stephen Twigg Labour, Liverpool, West Derby

I am grateful to the Minister for his response. Can he assure us that when the commission is established it will consider all options for funding long-term care, including a compulsory inheritance levy?

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Photo of Paul Burstow Paul Burstow The Minister of State, Department of Health

The Government's intention is not to fetter the commission but to allow it to do its job.

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