§ Mr. Thurnham
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many home helps are employed to serve the elderly population in the Bolton area; what is the home help-elderly householder ratio; and what is the hourly rate of pay which such employees receive.
§ Mr. Freeman
Information is not available centrally about the number of home helps involved directly with the elderly. However, the total number (whole-time equivalents) of home helps in Bolton at 30 September 1988 was 377; the rate per 1,000 population aged over 65 was 9 8. Information on rates of pay is not held by the Department.