§ Mrs. Helen Jackson
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many adoptions took place last year of children aged(a) under three years, (b) between three and five years, (c) between five and 10 years and (d) over 10 years.
§ Mr. Sackville
The information is not available precisely in the form requested. The last year for which completed figures are available is 1993, in which there were 6,859 adoptions in England and Wales. Of these, 465 children were aged under one, 1,894 between one and four, 2,543 between five and nine, 1,570 between 10 and 14 and 387 between 15 and 17 years of age. Previous years' data were published in "Marriage and Divorce Statistics: England and Wales 1993", copies of which are available in the Library.