Information on the number of persons with a mental handicap awaiting placement in either residential or day services is currently being compiled from the national intellectual disability database as part of the preparation of the assessment of need for the development of services to persons with a mental handicap.
Additional funding amounting to £21 million has been made available in 1997 for services to persons with a mental handicap. Two million pounds is being used to meet identified needs in existing services. The remaining £10 million will be used to put in place additional services, including new residential and day care places. Details of the services to be provided and the allocation of this funding between the health boards will be available shortly. I will arrange for this information to be forwarded to the Deputy as soon as it is available.