HC Deb 08 March 2004 vol 418 c1357W
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. [158066]

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


children (LAC)

Number of

LAC of

school age

Number of LAC of

school age with

statements of SEN

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.