§ Mr. Congdon
To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will respond to the Health Committee's first report, HC19, on long-term care. 
§ Mr. Bowis
We have today published the Government's response to this report, copies of which are in the Library.157W
We welcomed the report's recognition of the priority we are attaching to implementation of our guidance on national health service responsibilities for continuing health care. Our response emphasises our commitment to securing, over time, significant improvements in the provision of continuing health care and much greater consistency in these services across the country.