§ Dr. Owen
I regret that no information is collected to enable such an estimate to be made. My hon. Friend may, however, care to refer to the survey "Children Who Wait", published by the Association of British Adoption Agencies in October 1973 in which it was estimated that out of about 5,400 children in England and Wales needing family placement, 35 per cent.—about 1,900—were under 5 and that of these 56 per cent.—about 1,100—were free from problems of health and development. However, the authors of the survey stressed that information on the latter point was neither complete nor necessarily accurate.