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Community Care

Volume 301: debated on Wednesday 26 November 1997

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to review the legal framework of community care to take account of the recent Gloucestershire judgment. [17555]

The judgment given on appeal from the Court of Appeal in the House of Lords on 20 March in the case of R versus Gloucestershire County Council and my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Health, ex parte Barry (the "Gloucestershire Judgment"), confirmed the law as the Department of Health has always understood it and we have no plans to review the legal framework of community care in the light of that judgment.