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Child Adoption

Volume 941: debated on Wednesday 14 December 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many children have been adopted in Great Britain since 1961; how many of these have been legitimate and how many illegitimate; and if he will show the figures year by year.

The following are the figures for England and Wales:

CHILDREN ADOPTED IN ENGLAND AND WALES
YearTotalLegitimate childrenIllegitimate children
196116,0003,01912,981
196216,8943,06813,826
196317,7823,38614,396
196420,4123,91616,496
196521,0324,14116,891
196622,7924,91217,880
196722,8024,48918,313
196824,8315,48319,348
196923,7085,81317,895
197022,3736,42715,946
197121,4956,58814,907
197221,5997,93213,667
197322,2479,25412,993
197422,50210,06512,437
197521,29910,12011,179
197617,6218,7538,868
335,38997,366238,023
I understand the corresponding figures for Scotland are:

CHILDREN ADOPTED IN SCOTLAND
YearTotalLegitimate childrenIllegitimate childrenNot stated
19611,609***
19621,6211451,43541
19631,6831751,48622
19641,9452221,65964
19652,0182051,78825
19662,0402051,81520
19672,1402181,90022
19682,1552341,90219
19692,2682951,95221
19702,0403081,71517
19711,9042811,60815
19721,6913361,34312
19731,9144011,49914
19741,6644191,22718
19751,6804731,18522
19761,6125061,08422
29,9844,42323,598354
* Not available.
In England and Wales where the status of the child—usually foreign born—is not stated, the classification to "legitimate" or "illegitimate" is made on the best evidence available.