§ Mrs. Renée Short
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what instructions he has issued to the new district health authorities in connection with the Nursing Homes Act 1971 and the Nursing Homes and Mental Nursing Homes Regulations 1981.
§ Mr. Kenneth Clarke
Guidance on this subject is contained in HC(81)8. HC(82)8 advises district health authorities that new regulations—The NHS Functions (Directions to Authorities and Administration Arrangments) Regulations 1982—provide the formal basis for district health authorities to carry out their statutory duties in respect of the registration and inspection of nursing homes.