§ Mr. Crowther
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what increase has occurred in the number of people aged 75 years and over in the population in the five years up the last date for which the figures are available; and what increase has taken place in the number of places in local authority residential homes for the elderly in the same period.
§ Mr. Geoffrey Finsberg
The number of people in England aged 75 years and over increased from 2,519,800 in 1978 to 2,831,400 in 1982. The number of places in local authority residential homes for people aged 65 and over increased from 102,804 to 103,668 in the same period.