§ Mr. Skinner
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what was the approximate number of children in care in 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983 and the first quarter of 1984.
§ Mr. John Patten
Information on the number of children in care is contained in the annual publication "Children in Care in England and Wales" for each of the years 1979, 1980, 1981 and 1982. Copies are held in the Library. Information relating to 1983 and the first quarter of 1984 is not yet available.