Public Health (Local Authorities): 18th July 2013

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health (Anna Soubry)
We have today laid before Parliament “Government Response to the House of Commons Communities and Local Government Committee Eighth Report of Session 2012-13: The Role of Local Authorities in Health Issues” (Cm 8638).

The Government are grateful to the Committee for its constructive and positive report, and for the opportunity it provides to set out our position and expectations on some key issues in greater depth.

I am grateful to the Department for Communities and Local Government and the Department for Work and Pensions for their contribution to this report, and commend to the House the increasingly broad base for thinking and action on public health across Government.

Copies of the Government response are available to hon. Members from the Vote Office and to noble Lords from the Printed Paper Office.