§ Mr. Burstow
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many adoptions have been completed in each of the last five years. 
§ Ruth Kelly
The answer requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician. I have asked him to reply.
Letter from Karen Dunnell to Mr. Paul Burstow, dated 8 July 2002:
The Registrar General for England and Wales has been asked to reply to your recent question on the number of adoptions completed in each of the last five years. I am replying in his absence. (67161)
The information requested is given in the table.
Number of adoptions in England and Wales in each of the last five years Number of adoptions 1997 5,212 1998 4,617 1999 4,988 2000 5,036 2001 5,131