§ Mr. Dunnachie
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will release additional funding to Scottish health boards to enable them to increase the numbers of day care places they provide for the elderly; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Stewart
Health boards receive generous financial resources to allow them to purchase all health services for which they are responsible. It is for health boards themselves to set priorities for spend in accordance with the needs of their area. Other agencies, principally social work departments, have a part to play in the provision of day care.
Health boards and social work departments are aware that day care is one of the priorities set out in the White Paper, "Caring for People".