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John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley, Liberal Democrat)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children were in external foster care of local authorities in each Government office region in (a) 2002, (b) 2003 and (c) 2004.

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Maria Eagle (Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Children and Families), Department for Education and Skills; Liverpool, Garston, Labour)

The figures requested are shown in the following table.

Children looked after at 31 March in a foster placement 2002 to 2004(67)(5507970068): England -- Numbers
Year ending 31 March
2002 2003
Arranged

through agency(69)

Arranged through LA(69) Total(70) Arranged

through agency(69)

Arranged through LA(69) Total(70)
England 5,200 34,100 39,200 6,400 34,700 41,100
North East 150 2,060 2,220 200 2,040 2,250
North West 410 5,670 6,090 550 5,780 6,340
Yorkshire and The Humber 240 3,980 4,220 380 4,040 4,420
East Midlands 130 2,620 2,750 130 2,640 2,770
West Midlands 790 3,750 4,540 770 4,050 4,820
East of England 440 3,160 3,600 550 3,370 3,920
London 2,220 5,130 7,350 2,890 4,970 7,860
Inner London 1,070 2,490 3,560 1,290 2,280 3,570
Outer London 1,140 2,640 3,790 1,600 2,680 4,280
South East 540 4,390 4,920 690 4,470 5,160
South West 270 3,290 3,560 280 3,250 3,540
Numbers
Year ending 31 March
2004
Arranged through agency(71) Arranged through LA(71) Total(71)
England 7,300 34,300 41,600
North East 240 2,070 2,310
North West 690 5,840 6,530
Yorkshire and The Humber 430 4,020 4,450
East Midlands 270 2,460 2,730
West Midlands 790 3,970 4,750
East of England 640 3,470 4,110
London 3,080 4,970 8,060
Inner London 1,360 2,290 3,660
Outer London 1,720 2,680 4,400
South East 800 4,360 5,160
South West 380 3,140 3,520

(67)Figures exclude children looked after under an agreed series of short term placements.

(68)Regional figures have been rounded to the nearest 10. National figures have been rounded to the nearest 100.

(69)Figures are derived from the SSDA903 one-third sample survey.

(70)Figures are taken from the CLA100 return.

(71)Figures are taken from the SSDA903 return, which in 2003–04 covered all children looked after.

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