§ Mr. McDonnell
To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans the Government have to introduce a unified inspectorate for residential and nursing homes; 
(2) what proposals the Government have for the inspection of residential and nursing homes for the elderly. 
§ Mr. Boateng
We aim to create new independent arrangements for regulation and inspection which will harness the skills of both health and social services professionals to provide a better regulation service for all who receive care in residential care settings. We are currently considering various structural options for change. Our proposals will be set out in the White Paper we intend to publish later this year.