§ Mr. Woodhouse
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if she will seek to extend the provisions of the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act 1970 to empower local authorities to meet the cost of installation and rental of telephones for elderly people living alone.
§ Mr. Alfred Morris
Local authorities already have such powers under Section 45 of the Health Services and Public Health Act 1968. I am sending the hon. Gentleman a copy of a circular on this matter issued by my Department in 1971.