asked the Secretary of State for the Environment, if he will list his Department's responsibilities relating to children and the statutes from which these arise showing which branch or division within his Department and which Minister deals with each of these responsibilities; who is responsible for co-ordinating the various responsibilities relating to children within his Department; and who is responsible for co-ordinating his responsibilities for children with those of other Departments.
My Department has responsibility for children to the extent that they are affected by its environmental and local government policies as a whole. At present, housing 2 division is the Department's focal point in matters relating to children both within the Department and vis-a-vis other Departments.
|Subject Area||Division||Statutory Power||Minister|
|Sport and recreation||Sport and recreation division (SARD)||—||Mr. Hector Monro|
|Playground safety||Housing 2 division (SARD from 1 December)||—||Mr. John Stanley|
|Playspace on housing estates||Housing 2 division||Housing Finance Act 1972||Mr. John Stanley|
|Housing 3 division|
|Housing development division 2|
|Social aspects of housing development including play||Social research division||—||Mr. John Stanley|
|Design aspects of housing development including playgrounds||Housing development division 1||—||Mr;. John Stanley|
|Urban programme—child-related projects||Inner cities division 2||Local Government Grants (Social Need) Act 1969||Mr. Tom King|