§ Mr. Geoffrey Johnson Smith
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many disabled and elderly people were receiving meals on wheels in each authority area in England in April 1981; and what were the comparative figures for the previous five years.
§ Sir George Young
The information collected centrally relates to the annual number of meals served and not to the number of recipients, their disabilities or age. Data relating to the year ended 31 March 1980 with some summary information for the last 10 years are contained in the DHSS publication "Personal Social Services Local Authorities Statistics" A/F80/2—"Meals Services"—1979–80, England, a copy of which is in the House of Commons Library. Information for the year ended 31 March 1981 is not yet available.