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Care Orders

Volume 403: debated on Monday 14 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children in England were subject to a care order under section 31 of the Children Act 1989 in each of the last five years for which information is available. [108161]

The number of children in England looked after by local authorities and the number on a full care order between 1998 and 2002 is shown in the table.

All childrenFull care orders
199853,30025,900
199955,50027,400
200058,10028,500
200158,90029,800
200259,70029,600

Source:

SSDA903, a return completed by local authorities providing data on a one-third sample of their looked after children.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS trusts and primary care trusts had patient advice and liaison services with staff in post on 1 April in (a) England, (b) London and (c) the South West London Strategic Health Authority. [108994]

Trusts are responsible for establishing and staffing their own services. 97 per cent. of trusts in England provide a patient advice and liaison service (PALS). There is 100 per cent. coverage within the London and South West London Strategic Health Authority areas, although the Department does not hold details of the number of staff working within PALS.A list of PALS is available at http://www.doh.gov.uk/patientadviceandliaisonservices/