§ Mr. Michael
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what he estimates as being the total additional cost that will fall on local authorities in Wales in order to implement the Children Act 1989 in full(a) in the present financial year and (b) in a full financial year.
§ Mr. Nicholas Bennett
My right hon. Friend does not lay down in detail how local authorities should allocate the overall resources available to them but rather indicates his view of appropriate spending through the indicative service distribution of total standard spending. The total covering personal social services (including specific grants) is £224 million for 1991–92, an increase of £37.2 million (19–9 per cent.) over the equivalent figure for 1990–91. This increase allows for the part-year implementation of the Children Act from October 1991. The equivalent figures for 1992–93 will not be available until details of the settlement are announced in the autumn.322W
registered with a county joint planning team, registration and service provision not being dependent on the definition of the severity of mental handicap. Also shown are the actual numbers of people resettled by the end of March 1991 and those planned for resettlement during 1991–92. The expenditure shown excludes the funding to be made available by district health authorities.
Information about the number of people with a mental handicap who have been resettled from hospital into the community accompanied by a hospital nurse is not held centrally.