Dáil Éireann - Volume 435 - 09 November, 1993

Ceisteanna — Questions Written Answers. - Children in Care Statistics.

87. Mr. J. Higgins asked the Minister for Health the number of children in care for each of the years 1990, 1991 and 1992; and the number to date in 1993.

Minister for Health (Mr. Howlin): My Department carries out an annual survey of children in the care of health boards. The following table sets out the information sought by the Deputy for the years 1990 and 1991.

No information is as yet available in my Department for 1992 as the data is still being collected from the health boards. The matter is being actively pursued with the boards. The survey of children currently in care is not due to commence until the end of the year.

Children in Care, 1990, 1991

Health Board

1990

1991

Eastern

1,097

981

Midland

193

181

Mid-Western

294

289

North-Eastern

211

213

North-Western

155

138

South-Eastern

284

247

Southern

472

427

Western

179

147

Totals

2,885

2,623