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Latchkey Children

Volume 977: debated on Tuesday 29 January 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services, pursuant to his reply to the hon. Member for Wolverhampton, North-East on 13 December 1979, if he will institute research into the problems faced by latchkey children.

My right hon. Friend is always prepared to consider research proposals in this field which may be submitted to him but we attach greater importance to local initiatives to tackle the problems of latchkey children following appraisals of local needs.