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Old People

Volume 889: debated on Thursday 10 April 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services in how many local authority areas there is no local register of those most at risk amongst the elderly; and whether she will now take steps designed to see that all local authorities will compile such a register as soon as possible.

Health and social services authorities are well aware of the need to identify old people at risk but they are not required to compile formal registers of such people. I do not intend to introduce such a requirement, as I consider that the resources needed for the introduction and maintenance of registers are better used in providing services for old people.