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Elderly And Handicapped People

Volume 79: debated on Tuesday 21 May 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what future provision is being made to provide one hot meal each day for the elderly and handicapped in the North Down and Ards area;(2) what assessment he has made of the consequences of the proposal by the North Down and Ards unit of management to close the social centres in Killinchy, Ballywater, Greyabbey, Comber, Newtownards (Manor Court), Portaferry, Millisle and Bangor at the end of June.

While the Department of Health and Social Services is responsible for the allocation of funds to the four health and social services boards, decisions on the allocation of resources to the units of management and decisions relating to the provision of specific services in the light of competing pressures and priorities are matters for determination by each board.