§ Mr. Andrew Bowden
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will give the number of voluntary, private and local authority residential care homes for elderly people in Northern Ireland; and, in each case, what is the total number of places available.
§ Mr. Needham
At 31 December 1986, the latest date for which figures are available, the position was as follows:
Type Number of homes Available places Voluntary 46 1,239 Private 39 388 Statutory1 82 3,506 1 In Northern Ireland local aulhorities have no responsibility for statutory residential homes: these are provided and operated by the four Health and Social Services Boards.