Lord Jopling – 2014 Parliamentary Question to the Department for Education

The below Parliamentary question was asked by Lord Jopling on 2014-03-27.

To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Nash on 26 March (WA 121), whether other Departments hold the data requested in the question; and whether they will now answer the question originally put.

Lord Nash

Local authorities are required to report annually on the numbers of children in need who have a disability (as defined by section 6 of the Equality Act 2010) as part of the Children in Need Census data collection. These data are collected under section 83 of the Children Act 1989 by the Department for Education. As part of this collection, local authorities report on the number of children with disabilities who are subject to child protection investigations under section 47 of the Children Act 1989. However, it is not possible to separately identify those with chronic fatigue syndrome or myalgic encephalomyelitis.

The number of children in need with a disability is published in ‘Characteristics of Children in Need’, and can be found at: