§ Mr. Dobson
asked the Secretary of State for Social Service if he will make a statement on the actions taken by his Department since 1979 to reduce social inequalities affecting health.
§ Mr. Kenneth Clarke
[pursuant to his reply, 6 June 1985, c. 255]: The inequalities and deficiencies in health 367W care with which we seek to deal include not only inequalities between social groups but also inequalities between localities and between different services and types of care. The Government's policy is aimed at directing services towards areas of greatest need and towards the most vulnerable groups of people, and will benefit those whose health needs may arise from social inequalities.