Skip to main content

Children's Panels

Volume 115: debated on Friday 1 May 1987

The text on this page has been created from Hansard archive content, it may contain typographical errors.

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland for what purpose he introduced rule 13 for the conduct of children's panels relating to the custody of persons by police or prison officers; and on what date did it become effective.

[pursuant to his reply, 30 April 1987, c. 214]: The rule was introduced so that an escorting officer who considers that he must accompany his prisoner throughout a children's hearing shall have the right to be present in the hearing room. It remains open to the chairman of a hearing to suggest to an escorting officer that he should remain outside to allow the hearing to proceed with maximum privacy. Chief constables and prison authorities have been asked to ensure that such requests are treated sympathetically, where possible. The new rule became operative on 2 February 1987.

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland for what reason did he not reappoint from the children's panels in Ayrshire Mr. Alexander Baird and Mr. Ian Bigham; on what date this action became effective; and what representations he has received on this matter.

[pursuant to his reply, 30 April 1987, c. 214]: Mr. Baird's term of appointment ended on 18 May 1986 and I accepted a recommendation from the Children's Panel Advisory Committee that he should not be offered a further term. Mr. Bigham was removed from office on 9 September 1986. I shall write to the hon. Member about the background to these decisions.

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what are the powers of the children's panels in relation to

Effect of non-transferable allowances1 at 1987–88 income levels
Paying less taxPaying more tax
Total income (lower limit)NumbersAnnual tax changeNumbersAnnual tax changeAnnual tax change
£ per weekthousands£ millionthousands£ million£ million
Married couples—both earning
Under 6010
60 to 1002806565
100 to 150580245245
150 to 20052negligible800340340
200 to 30052negligible2,190845845
300 to 400102negligible1,610600600
Over 40090-551,190430370
Married couples—one earning
Under 601801515
60 to 100705195195
100 to 15052negligible1,100360360
150 to 2001,110390390
200 to 30040-51,635575575
300 to 40025-555196180
Over 40055-70390220150
Both groups240-14012,2904,4754,335
1 At £2,425 for both aged and non-aged.
2 Negligible means less than £3 million.

access to all relevant files on the children appearing before them, or their families; on whose discretion panel members are given access to such files; and what is the authority for this arrangement.

[pursuant to his reply, 30 April 1987, c. 214]: The reporter to the children's panel is required to make such initial investigations as he thinks necessary of any case of a child which is referred to him. If he refers a case to a children's hearing, he is required under the Children's Hearings (Scotland) Rules 1986 to provide the hearing members, in advance, with copies of any information or document which is material to the consideration of the case before the hearing. Members of children's panels have no other statutory rights of access to the reporter's records.