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Children In Care

Volume 929: debated on Tuesday 5 April 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many children were in local authority care in the latest 12 months for which figures are available; and what was the total cost taking into account all related administrative and maintenance costs, etc.

In the year ended 31st December 1975 there were 1,865 children and young persons in the care of health and social services boards. The cost of maintaining these children in the year ended 31st March 1976 was £2,275,000, excluding any share of expenditure on area and district administration and field

(a) 1st and 2nd child at boarding school£936 each
(b) 3rd child at boarding school£1,116 each
(c) 4th and subsequent children at boarding school£1,161 each