§ Mrs. Brinton
To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he plans to accept the proposed national standards for the inspection of care homes drawn up by the Centre for Policy on Ageing earlier this year. 
§ Mr. Hutton
Last year we commissioned the Centre for Policy on Ageing to work on identifying national required standards for older people in care homes. The proposed standards were published for consultation on 8 September. We will carefully consider all the comments we receive before finalising any regulatory standards and arrangements for implementing them.