§ 37. Mr. Gerald Howarth
To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the change in the number of care home places since 1996. 
§ Jacqui Smith
The table shows the number of residential places and nursing beds in care homes in England for each year since 1996. The number of places/beds peaked in 1998 at 553,500, an increase of 8 per cent. from 1996. Since then, the total number of places/beds has fallen to 528,000. However, this is still 3 per cent. higher than the 1996 level.
Further information on places and beds can be found in the Statistical Bulletin, "Community Care Statistics 2001: Residential Personal Social Services for Adults, England". A copy of the publication is in the Library.
Residential places and registered nursing beds, 1996 to 2001 England Rounded numbers As at 31 March Residential places in residential care homes1 Registered nursing beds2 in nursing homes3 Total care places 19964 323,000 190,600 513,600 19974 338,100 196,300 534,400 1998 347,900 205,600 553,500 1999 344,000 202,200 546,200 2000 345,900 193,300 539,200 2001 341,200 186,800 528,000 1 Includes residential places in dual registered homes 2 Includes nursing places in dual registered homes
Nursing homes are defined as general and mental nursing homes, private hospitals and clinics.
Information in 1996 and 1997 refers to the period 1 October to 31 March for registered nursing beds.
Department of Health annual returns
§ Mr. Hancock
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what level of support funding has been given to care home owners to enable them to meet the requirements of the Care Standards Act 2001; what level of funding will be available for the continuing adjustments; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Jacqui Smith
The resources provided for personal social services are increasing by, on average 3.4 per cent. per annum in real terms over the next three years. We expect home owners will cover the costs of meeting the standards through the fees they charge. Local authorities are funded to meet these additional costs. The Government, through the agreement between the statutory and independent social care, health care and housing sectors "Building Capacity and Partnership in Care" (paragraph 6.2), issued in October 2001, made it clear that service commissioners should not set contract prices for care places mechanistically. We expect them to have regard to providers' costs and efficiencies and planned outcomes for service users.
§ Mr. Randall
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many beds were available in the Hillingdon and Harrow health authority in the care home sector in(a) 1997, (b) 1998, (c) 1999, (d) 2000 and (e) 2001. 
§ Jacqui Smith
The table shows the number of places in residential care homes and registered beds in nursing homes, private hospitals and clinics in the areas covered by Hillingdon health authority and the Brent and Harrow health authority area between 1997 and 2001. Information is not separately available for Harrow.
Residential places1 and registered nursing beds in the Hillingdon and brent and Harrow area2 between 1997 and 2001 Number At 31 March places in residential care homes Registered nursing beds in nursing homes3,4 Total places/beds (a) 1997 2,577 1,361 3,938 (b) 1998 2,586 1,600 4,186 (c) 1999 2,414 1,778 4,192 (d) 2000 2,539 1,718 4,257 (e) 2001 2,537 1,894 4,431 1 Excludes places in children's homes. 2 Information is presented for the area covered by the health authorities of Hillingdon and Brent and Harrow and correspondingly the London boroughs of Hillingdon, Harrow and Brent. 3 Registered beds in general and mental nursing homes, hospitals and clinics. 4 Information for registered nursing beds in 1997 relates to the period 1 October 1996 to 31 March 1997.
Department of Health's annual returns