§ Mr. Wigley
asked the Secretary of State for Wales what steps he has taken to help improve the co-operation between area health authorities and local authority personal social services departments, particularly in their approach to questions of confidentiality of information.
§ Mr. Barry Jones
Authorities are encouraged to share information to the fullest extent appropriate in each individual case. The Welsh Office, with the help of the Health Advisory Service, draws the attention of authorities to aspects of health and personal social services where co-operation should be developed. Expenditure of some £100,000 on projects to be undertaken jointly by health and local authorities has been authorised in the current financial year.