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Children's Trusts

Volume 405: debated on Thursday 15 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 14 April 2003, Official Report, column 605W, on children's trusts, when the pilot schemes will begin; how long they will run for; and when an assessment of their success will be completed. [111558]

The successful pilot children's trusts will begin in 2003. These trusts will be on-going and an evaluation will be undertaken covering the period from establishment through the first three years of operation.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 14 April 2003, Official Report, column 605W, on children's trusts, if he will list the criteria that his Department will use to assess the proposals for each children's trust; when he expects to make an announcement regarding who has been successful; and when the children's trusts will become operational. [111559]

Children's trusts will be assessed on the basis of the criteria set out in annex B of the guide published on 28 January on children's trusts. Potential sites are still being assessed. Ministers will make an announcement about successful applications once they have had time to consider in detail the information gained through the assessment process. Children's trusts will become operational in 2003.