HC Deb 22 January 1980 vol 977 c160W
Mr. Field

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will estimate (a) the current number of children in care, (b) the percentage of parents who makes a contribution to their child's support even though the child is in care and (c) the average size of such payments.

Sir George Young

It is estimated that approximately 95,000 children are currently in care in England. In the financial year 1977–78 local authorities in England collected parental contributions of £2.2 million towards the cost of maintaining children in care, but information about the number of parents contributing is not available centrally.