To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people received NHS continuing care in (a) nursing homes and (b) residential care homes in each of the last five years for which figures are available. 
The Department does not collect the information requested, but figures from. Laing & Buisson's "Care of Elderly People, Market Survey 2002" suggest the following was the number of people in care homes providing nursing care in receipt of national health service continuing care from 1997 to 2001.
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much public money has been spent on services provided by private care homes in the last 12 months. 
The gross total expenditure by local authorities in England in 2001–02, the latest year for which data are available, on residential care placements for adults and older people provided by the private and voluntary sector was £3,092 million. The gross total expenditure on nursing home placements provided by the private and voluntary sector in England in 2001–02 was £1,510 million.