§ Mr. Wigley
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many persons over the age of 65 years were (a) living in mental handicap hospitals, (b) resident in local authority homes and hostels and (c) living in registered private and voluntary homes at the latest date for which figures are available in England.
§ Mr. John Patten
Information is not collected centrally in precisely the form requested, the latest available information is:
Numbers People aged 65 and over in: (a) mental handicap hospitals and units at 31 December 1982 6,415 (b) local authority homes for the elderly, younger physically handicapped, mentally handicapped and mentally ill at 31 March 1983 104,113 (c)(i) private and voluntary homes registered under the Residential Homes Act 1980 for elderly people, at 31 March 1983 68,617 Number of beds for people aged 65 and over in: (c)(ii) private and voluntary homes registered under the Residential Homes Act 1980 for mentally handicapped and mentally ill people, at 31 March 1982 6,344 (c)(iii) homes registered under the Nursing Homes Act 1975, at 31 December 1982 18,197