HC Deb 27 April 1976 vol 910 cc80-1W
45. Mr. Andrew F. Bennett

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will now make a statement on the progress being made in publishing a national advisory scale for payments to foster parents in respect of foster children in their care.

Dr. Owen

The Working Party on Fostering Practice, which considered the question of boarding-out allowances, did not recommend a national advisory scale but suggested that my Department should discuss with the local authority associations the basis of calculating these allowances. The working party also suggested a number of other matters relating to boarding-out for discussion with it. A discussion paper is being prepared in consultation with the other Departments concerned. A meeting will be arranged with the local authority associations as soon as it is ready.