An adjournment debate on social care will be held in Parliament on September 4, the Leader of the House of Commons has said.
Jacob Rees-Mogg made the announcement when addressing a question from MP Rachel Maclean on making social care a priority.
The MP for Redditch in Worcestershire said: “I warmly welcome the new leader of the House and was delighted when his honorable friend, the prime minister, made social care a priority from the steps of Downing Street.
“Can I ask him does he back this and will he use his efforts to bring forward this important legislation, which effects so many carers and dementia sufferers up and down the country?”
Responding to Maclean’s question, Rees-Mogg said: “I am very grateful for that question, because before I was bound by collective responsibility, I wrote the foreword to a paper encouraging the Government to do exactly what the prime minister suggested yesterday.
“Therefore, before I was bound to say things that I am now not allowed to say, I was saying broadly what my honourable friend would like me to say, if that is not unduly complex. There will be an adjournment debate on social care on 4 September.”
An adjournment debate is a half-hour discussion introduced by a backbencher at the close of each day’s business in the House of Commons.
Boris Johnson promised to fix the social care crisis in his opening address as the new prime minister last week.
Speaking outside 10 Downing Street, he said: “My job is to protect you or your parents or grandparents from the fear of having to sell your home to pay for the costs of care.
“And so I am announcing now – on the steps of Downing Street – that we will fix the crisis in social care once and for all with a clear plan we have prepared to give every older person the dignity and security they deserve.”