§ Mr. Thurnham
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the working of the Community Care (Direct Payments) Act 1996; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Mr. Burns
The Government intend to bring the Community Care (Direct Payments) Act 1996 into force on 1 April 1997. The implementation of the Act will be monitored as part of the Department's general monitoring of community care.