§ Ms Corston
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how many children were given statements of special educational needs in the last five years for which figures are available; and how many of them were statemented because of asthma. 
§ Mr. Forth
Information on the number of children with statements of special educational needs is contained in the table.
Information is not collected on the number of children who received statements because of asthma.
Total number of children with statements of special educational needs and number with new statements in England Position in January each year Survey year Total children with statements New statements1 19902 142,618 24,898 1991 154,743 26,519 1992 165,095 30,847 1993(3) 176,698 34,037 19944 192,308 38,292 1 Children with statement made for the first time during the previous calendar year. 2 Excludes Camden, Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea, Lambeth and Wandsworth. 3 Excludes Leicestershire. 4 Excludes Derbyshire.