HC Deb 25 April 1985 vol 77 cc543-4W
Mr. Meacher

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will list all the children who have died while in the care of a local authority snce 1970, the dates of their death, the causes of their death in each case, their age at death, how long they had been in local authority care, and what action was taken following their death in each case.

Mr. John Patten

Full information in the form requested is not available. Annual unit returns on children in the care of local authorities are made to the Department and include information about the number of children in care who died during the year analysed by age and by the length of their most recent period in care. Cause of death is not given. The information available from these returns is contained in the Department's annual publication "Children in Care of Local Authorities", copies of which are in the Library. The number of deaths reported in the returns for the financial years 1970–71 to 1982–83 is as follows:

Year Number
1970–71 111
1971–72 115
1972–73 115
1973–74 106
1974–75 143
1975–76 132
1976–77 100
1977–78 99
1978–79 106
1979–80 93
1980–81 104
1981–82 103
1982–83 94