asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what progress has been made in the collection of accurate returns from social services departments regarding their expenditure on adaptation to the homes of disabled people; when he expects this information to be available; and if he will make a statement.
There has been no interruption in the collection of returns on expenditure on adaptations. As explained, however, in my reply to the right hon. Member on 24 April, at column 499, returns on the number of cases of assistance by local authorities with adaptations was temporarily suspended following concern about the accuracy of the data. The relevant return has now been redesigned to counter this problem and was reintroduced on 1 April 1985. Preliminary results for the year ending 31 March 1986 are expected to be available by November 1986.