To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if he will arrange for the Bradford combined court centre to be designated as a care centre for the hearing of care cases brought under the Children Act 1989.
Bradford county court currently enjoys some Children Act jurisdiction as a family hearing centre. A national review of the designation of care centres has always been part of the Lord Chancellor's arrangements for the monitoring of the Children Act. This review will begin in the summer and will involve extensive consultation at local level. Consideration of any recommendations to my Department will take place during the autumn with a view to implementing any changes in the spring of 1994.