§ Mr. Skinner
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) what is the approximate number of families with a disabled child at the latest available date;
(2) what is the estimated average amount of extra money spent per week by a family with a disabled child.
§ Mr. Newton
The information requested is not available centrally. Information on numbers of disabled persons by sex and age receiving attendance allowance and mobility allowance at year end are published in Tables 14.30, 15.30 and 15.31 of "Social Security Statistics 1984", copies of which have been placed in the Library.
The Office of Population Censuses and Surveys is undertaking on behalf of the Department a national survey of people, including children, with significant disabilities to obtain up-to-date and comprehensive information about their numbers, circumstances and needs. The results are expected to be published in 1988.