HC Deb 28 June 1988 vol 136 c200W
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.