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Nursing and Residential Homes

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 11:28 am on 3rd April 2001.

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Photo of Philip Hammond Philip Hammond Shadow Spokesperson (Health) 11:28 am, 3rd April 2001

I just wish to complete the picture, because I have similar experiences in Surrey. Can the hon. Gentleman say whether there was a differential in the fees being paid in those externalised homes compared with other independent homes in the locality? The market is distorted not only by the local authority's desire to keep the places filled, but often--certainly in Surrey--by the fact that the local authority has agreed to pay higher fees to those externalised homes.