§ Mr. Geraint Howells
asked the Secretary of State for Wales if he is satisfied with the provision for residential care of mentally handicapped children in Wales; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Wyn Roberts
Provision for residential care of mentally handicapped children in Wales continues to fall short of the target figure given in the White Paper "Better Services for the Mentally Handicapped"—Cmnd. 4683—but since 211W its publication in 1971 the number of places available has increased substantially. I am satisfied that the local authorities whose responsibility it is have regard to the needs of the children in their areas as the availability of resources permits.