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Family Life

Volume 975: debated on Monday 3 December 1979

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asked the Prime Minister (1) if she will designate a Minister to be specifically responsible for the scrutiny of proposed legislation, with a view to advising her on its effects on the quality and stability of family life;(2) what administrative arrangements she has made for the monitoring and evaluation of the overall effects of legislation on the quality and stability of family life.

No special administrative arrangements have been made. Ministers collectively and individually have the quality and stability of family life in mind when dealing with all relevant issues whether or not they involve legislation; and I do not think that a special Minister would be able to improve on this.