§ 28. Mr. Hannam
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is his latest estimate of the cost per week of maintaining a severely handicapped child in the care of the local authority.
§ Mr. Ennals
Yes, where their needs can best be met in a foster home. The hon. Member will be glad to know that a number of local authorities and voluntary organisations have set up fostering schemes for handicapped children and that my Department's publication "Foster Care—A Guide to Practice" include guidance on foster care for these children. However, not all handicapped children are suitable for fostering; some who are very severely handicapped require special care and understanding which can best be provided in residential establishments having the staff facilities to meet these needs, though these children too may benefit from short periods, such as holidays, in foster care.
§ 56. Mr. Forman
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he is satisfied with NHS facilities for the care of handicapped children.