§ Mr. Thurnham
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is the total annual cost of caring for a severely handicapped child (a) in a specialist institution and (b) in foster care (i) in England and Wales and (ii) in the London area; and what are the total numbers of children involved in each category.
§ Mr. John Patten
I reget that information is not available in the form requested. Information about services for children and handicapped people in different local authority areas, and their costs, is to be found in the Personal Social Services Statistics compiled by the Chartered Institution of Public Finance and Accountancy, copies of which are in the Library.