§ Ms Coffey
To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many children were placed for adoption with their existing foster carers in every year since 1987 giving(a) the age of the children and (b) the length of time in foster care prior to adoption; 
(2) if he will list the number of adoption breakdowns in each year since 1974, indicating the (a) ages of children and (b) length of time in adoptive family. 
§ Mr. Burns
The information requested, as at 31 March in each of the years to 31 March 1991, was published annually in "Children in Care of Local Authorities in England". Figures for the period from 1992 to 1994 were published annually in "Children Looked After by Local Authorities, England". Figures for the year ending 31 March 1995 were published in the statistical bulletin "Children looked after by local authorities: year ending 31 March 1995, England". Copies of all of these publications are available in the Library.