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Institutional Care

Volume 927: debated on Tuesday 8 March 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will advise the local authorities of the importance of finding alternatives to institutional care that are less costly and more beneficial.

We have given general advice of this kind in the Consultative Document "Priorities for Health and Personal Social Services in England." We give more specific advice on particular services as and when there is a need and scope for it. The recent circular on intermediate treatment for children is an example.