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Health written question – answered on 8th November 2011.

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Photo of Grahame Morris Grahame Morris Labour, Easington

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what consideration he has given to placing a statutory duty on local authorities to reduce health inequalities.

Photo of Simon Burns Simon Burns The Minister of State, Department of Health

Local authorities are independent democratic bodies. Nationally, we will be able to promote a focus on tackling health inequalities through such non-legislative means as the Public Health Outcomes Framework. We believe such non-legislative approaches are at least as effective as a legal duty on local authorities in the Health and Social Care Bill.

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