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Disabled Persons (Local Authority Services)

Volume 982: debated on Tuesday 15 April 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if, further to the assurances given to the House on 19 March by the Minister with special responsibility for the disabled that the overwhelming majority of local authorities are not cutting their expenditure on services for disabled people, Official Report, column 508, he will provide the information from local authorities on which his statement was based.

In the debate to which the question refers, I fully recognised the difficulties facing local authorities and the difficult choices they have to make. However, contacts with local authorities indicate that most are doing all they can to respond to our request that they should not make cuts which would affect the most vulnerable sections of our society.