§ Mr. Gordon Prentice
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many local authority children's homes there were in(a) 1990, (b) 1995 and (c) on the latest date for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Jacqui Smith
I have been asked to reply.
Information for the years ending 31 March 1995 and 31 March 2000, latest information available, is shown in the table. Information for 1990 is not available.
Table: Number of local authority children's homes for the years ending 31 March 1995 and 2000 England Type of LA home 1995 2000 Maintained 741 672 Controlled 28 28 Assisted 30 21 Total Community Homes 799 721