§ Mr. Michael
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what he estimates as being the total additional cost that will fall on local authorities in order to implement the Children Act in full(a) in the present financial year and (b) in a full financial year.
§ Mrs. Virginia Bottomley
[pursuant to her reply, 20 June 1991, c. 300]: I regret that my reply contained an error. The £139.9 million previously quoted as the increase in personal social services for children, including specific grants, over the equivalent figure for 1990–91 was wrong. That increase should have read £239.9 million, an 18.4 per cent. increase in the standard spending for personal social services for children.