§ Mr. Andrew F. Bennett
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security (1) what is the number, and annual cost in benefits, of elderly persons in private nursing homes registered with district health authorities, by metropolitan district and district in the north-west of England;
(2) what is the number, and annual cost in benefits, of elderly persons in private residential homes, registered with appropriate local councils by metropolitan district and district in the north-west of England.
§ Mr. Andrew Bowden
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what is his best estimate of the number of people in private or voluntary residential or nursing home care who will be funded through preserved income support (i) when the new system of funding to be implemented under proposals in the National Health Service and Community Care Bill first comes into effect and (ii) in each of the subsequent 10 years.
§ Mrs. Gillian Shephard
Information about expected numbers of income support claimants as well as expenditure is published in the public expenditure White Paper (Cm 1014). It has never been the practice to make separate forecasts about any individual group within the planning totals.