Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans the Government have to implement the proposals contained in the White Paper on mental health reform published in December 2000; and if he will make a statement; 
The White Paper made clear our intention to reform mental health legislation and bring it into line with the contemporary patterns of care and treatment that are being created by our investment of over £300 million in mental health services under the NHS plan.
Jacqui Smith: The Health and Social Care Act makes good the pledge set out in "The NHS Plan: The Government's Response to the Royal Commission on Long Term Care" to make the NHS responsible for purchasing nursing care in nursing homes, strengthening the incentives for the NHS to ensure effective rehabilitation after acute illness of injury. If they have been assessed as needing the care of a registered nurse, people will not have to pay for the care and supervision provided by registered nurses in nursing homes, or for specialist equipment.
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Ms Blears: No undertaking has been given to review the decision to close the Royal Hospital, Haslar. The decision to close the Royal Hospital, Haslar was taken by the Ministry of Defence in 1998. Portsmouth Hospitals national health service trust took over management
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responsibility for clinical services provided at the hospital with effect from April 2001. The hospital will continue to treat patients until its services transfer to the planned new facilities at Queen Alexandra hospital, part of Portsmouth Hospitals NHS trust.