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Mental Illness

Volume 173: debated on Thursday 24 May 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) what sums have been allocated on a health district or county basis in Wales to pay for the Welsh office strategy on mental illness;(2) how much money has been allocated in total for the Welsh Office strategy on mental illness in Wales for the current financial year.

I refer the hon. Gentleman to the reply that I gave to the hon. Member for Bridgend (Mr. Griffiths) on 30 April at columns 425–26.

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if any authority in Wales has received bridging finance for the implementation of the Welsh Office strategy on mental illness.

The mental illness strategy recognises the need for help in meeting the transitional costs of moving from existing to new patterns of service. Much of the £1·6 million offered to county teams for 1990–91, whilst not specifically described as bridging finance, is intended to enable the transition by supporting the development of locally and community-based services; these are a prerequisite for the redeployment of resources currently tied up in those existing patterns of service which are to be superseded in due course.