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Volume 495: debated on Monday 6 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the oral answer from Baroness Thornton of 13 March 2009, Official Report, House of Lords, column 364, on care services: older adults and disabled people, for what reasons publication of the Social Care Green Paper has been delayed; and if he will make a statement. (283523)

It is widely accepted that the current care and support system will not be able to cope with the growing demands and expectations of those needing care in the future. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for us all to help create a care and support system capable of supporting people well into the 21st century so it is important we get this right. The Green Paper will be published shortly.