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Nursing and Residential Homes

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 12:19 pm on 3rd April 2001.

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Photo of John Hutton John Hutton Minister of State, Department of Health, Minister of State (Department of Health) (Health) 12:19 pm, 3rd April 2001

With respect, I will not give way because I have only a short time left.

We have removed the Hobson's choice that faced local authorities and allowed them to concentrate on what they should be concerned with: the commissioning process. In some cases, local authorities are still directly providing services, which is a local choice.