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Children (Departmental Responsibilities)

Volume 974: debated on Monday 26 November 1979

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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 AreaDivisionStatutory PowerMinister
Sport and recreationSport and recreation division (SARD)Mr. Hector Monro
Playground safetyHousing 2 division (SARD from 1 December)Mr. John Stanley
Playspace on housing estatesHousing 2 divisionHousing Finance Act 1972Mr. John Stanley
Housing 3 division
Housing development division 2
Social aspects of housing development including playSocial research divisionMr. John Stanley
Design aspects of housing development including playgroundsHousing development division 1Mr;. John Stanley
Urban programme—child-related projectsInner cities division 2Local Government Grants (Social Need) Act 1969Mr. Tom King