§ Mr. Andrew Turner
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children are in(a) public and (b) private foster care in each authority; and of those, what proportion are out-of-area placements. 
§ Jacqui Smith
At 31 March 2001, there were 38,400 children being looked after by local councils in England, who were in foster care. Of these, 9,100 (or 24 per cent.) were in placements outside the boundaries of the council responsible for their care.
The Department does not collect figures on the numbers of children in private foster care.