§ Mr. Randall
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many(a) nursing and (b) residential homes have closed in each London borough in each year since 1997. 
§ Jacqui Smith
The number of residential care homes and nursing homes1for each year since 1997 is given in the tables.
Information on nursing homes is collected at health authority rather than local authority level.1General and mental nursing homes, private hospitals and clinics. Includes dual registered homes, therefore the number of residential homes and nursing homes should not be added together.
1Excludes children's homes
2Includes dual registered homes, therefore the number of nursing homes and residential homes should not be added together.
3Information is collected at the local authority geographical level and is presented for each London borough
Department of Health annual returns