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Mentally Handicapped Persons

Volume 977: debated on Tuesday 29 January 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether he is satisfied with provisions for the mentally handicapped.

Though services for mentally handicapped people have improved considerably in recent years, much remains to be done and progress must inevitably be limited at a time of economic difficulties. However, I have made it clear to health and local authorities that I look to them to give due priority to meeting the needs of the mentally handicapped, among other vulnerable groups.