§ Mr. Leigh
To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many children were placed for adoption by each local authority with(a) a married couple and (b) a single person in each of the last three years; 
(2) how many applications for adoption were made to each local authority by (a) a married couple and (b) a single person in each of the last three years. 
§ Jacqui Smith
The information requested can only he provided at disproportionate cost.
Information on the total number of adoption orders granted to married couples and single people in England in each of the last three years is shown in the table. The figures include domestic, inter-country and stepparent adoptions and adopters assessed through local authorities and voluntary adoption agencies.
Year ending 31 December Total number of adoption orders Number of adoption orders to married couples Number of adoption orders to single people 1999 4748 4537 211 2000 4789 4546 243 2001 5047 4745 302
The Registrar General for England and Wales at the General Register Office (Office for National Statistics)