§ Mr. Gordon Brown
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) how many residents there are in (a) local authority and (b) private and registered voluntary homes, for mentally handicapped children and adults, respectively;
(2) how his most recent figure of approximately 1,500 places in the community for mentally handicapped children and adults was arrived at.
§ Mr. John MacKay
Figures for places in homes for mentally handicapped adults and children are contained in Social Work Services Group Statistical Bulletins "Residential Accommodation for the Elderly and Certain Other Adults, 1982" and "Residential Accommodation for Children, 1982". Copies of both bulletins are in the Library; explanatory notes referring to the collection of these statistics are included in the bulletins. Figures for 1983 have not yet been published.