Sir George was one of a number of MP's who attended a 2005 Carers Week Parliamentary Reception.
"Carers Week, now in its eleventh year, is a unique partnership of seven UK -wide charities; Carers UK, Crossroads Caring for Carers, Help the Aged, Macmillan Cancer Relief, the MS Society, Rethink and The Princess Royal Trust for Carers."
"We celebrated together the contribution that carers make every day of the year, and the fact that, as a result of Carers Week, tens of thousands more carers will know they are not alone, and will start to find out about the support and services available to them."
A record 1,100 local and regional organisations are organising events and activities for and with carers. As a result over 3,000 events and activities are taking place throughout the UK this week.
Three thousand individual carers took part in the Carers Week 2005 survey, the key results of which are that:
65% of the UK's six million carers believe their career prospects have been affected because of their caring responsibilities
74% of carers currently in paid employment use their annual leave (32% regularly, 42% occasionally) when they need time off because of their caring responsibilities
There are still too many barriers facing carers who want to balance work and career opportunities with their caring responsibilities. Carers need more flexible working arrangements and a culture which will support them in and into work needs to be further developed.
The business benefits of supporting carers in the workplace need to be shared and understood by more employers, building on the work and activity of the Employers for Carers group.
"I pay tribute to the thousands of carers in my constituency who make personal sacrifices to improve the quality of life of others."