Census: Carers

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:51 pm on 23rd July 2007.

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Photo of Earl Howe Earl Howe Shadow Minister, Health 2:51 pm, 23rd July 2007

My Lords, without wishing to labour this question more than necessary, perhaps I may follow up a point alluded to by the noble Baroness, Lady Pitkeathley. The Minister will know that, in the 2001 census, 175,000 young carers in the UK were identified, but it turns out that only 30,000 of those are currently known to carers support services. Will he bear in mind the usefulness of including a suitably worded question in the census to identify these young carers with a view to supporting them as appropriate?