§ Mr. Hinchliffe
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what is the number of respite beds for(a) elderly people, (b) people with a mental illness and (c) people with learning difficulties in each year since 1979.
§ Mr. Bowis
Places for respite care are not separately identified on the routine statistical returns. The closest available information concerns local authority-arranged short-term placements but these figures include not only residents receiving respite care but those admitted for other reasons, such as assessment, emergency and phased care.