§ Mr. McNamara
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many looked-after children have had special educational needs statements in England in each year since 1994. 
§ Margaret Hodge
Statistics on looked-after children with statements of special education needs have been collected only since 1999–2000. The following table has been compiled from the statistical bulletin "Outcome Indicators for Looked After Children" and refers to children who have been looked after for at least one year at the year ending 30 September.
Year Number of
Number of LAC of
school age with
statements of SEN
Percentage1 2000 42,200 33,100 8,600 26.0 2001 43,400 33,800 8,900 26.5 2002 44,100 34,500 9,200 26.8 1 Rounded.