To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what steps he is taking to implement the recommendations contained in the second report of Session 1996–97 (HC 35) of the Scottish Affairs Committee relating to community care. 
We welcomed the Scottish Affairs Committee report on community care and our response to the recommendations was published in July. The Government is setting up a Royal Commission on the funding of long-term care for the elderly. We are reviewing the various elements of community care funding and preparing improved guidance on procedures for assessment of older people's needs. We will consult later this year on how best to promote and improve joint working. These measures should maximise quality, choice and value for money in the delivery of community care services.