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Written Parliamentary Questions: 23rd February 2007

Children in Care

Q:To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills

(1) how many children under the age of five were taken into care in each year ended 31 March since1990, broken down by (a) ethnic origin and (b) age;

(2) how many children under five years of age were adopted from care in each year ending 31 March since 1990, broken down by (a) ethnic origin and (b) the age at which they entered care .

A:The available information on (i) the number of children under the age of five who were taken into care broken down by ethnic group and broken down by age on starting their first period of care in the year is presented in Table 1; and (ii) the number of children under five years of age who were adopted from care broken down by ethnic group and broken down by age on starting their final period of care in the year is shown in Table 2.

Tables 1 and 2 are not comparable partly because the ages shown are calculated on different periods of care.


(Parmjit Dhanda, Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Education and Skills)
Please follow link for tables - ed.

Medical Records

Q:To ask the Secretary of State for Health who is responsible for the incorporation of special case files into medical records at North Staffordshire NHS trust and the Royal Brompton hospital; and if she will take steps to ensure full integration of the records.


A:Information from special case files should not be included in medical records without the consent of the individual patient concerned. The patient should also agree the person to whom information should be disclosed, and this should normally be a clinician who is actively involved in providing care to the patient. A clinician in receipt of such information must determine whether to record it within the patient's record and should do so where the information is relevant to the ongoing care of the patient concerned. (Caroline Flint, Minister of State (Public Health), Department of Health)

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