asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will make a statement as to the availability and cost of residential provision for teenage girls in care.
A substantial proportion of the 34,000 places available in community homes for children in care is in mixed accommodation and caters for a wide age range. Separate information is not available for the number of places and the cost of provision for teenage girls. The provisional average weekly cost in 1975–76 of keeping a child in a community home was £68. This figure does not include administration costs which cannot be allocated to specific services and no account has been taken of parental contributions.