§ Mr. Ray Powell
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services how many grandparents are looking after grandchildren who had been taken into the care of social services departments.
§ Mrs. Currie
I regret that this information is not available centrally. However, it is estimated that at 31 March 1986 there were 4,600 children in care of local authorities boarded out with a relative or friend or already living in the relative's household when boarded out there by the local authority.