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Children Act

Volume 405: debated on Friday 16 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 29 April 2003, Official Report, column 351W, on Command Paper 5778, which parts of the Children Act 1989 are failing to be implemented effectively in his Department as set out in paragraph 2.22 of Command Paper 5778. [112183]

I have been asked to reply.Paragraph 2.22 of Command Paper 5778 does not state that the Children Act 1989 is not being implemented effectively, and neither is it meant to imply that this is the case.As the then Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department (Mr. Hilary Benn) noted in the answer that he gave on 29 April 2003,

Official Report, column 351–52W, the Children Act is a shared responsibility across Government and our aim, as set out in the Command Paper, is to increase the range of family support provisions that can be made available through the Children Act, as part of our response to tackling anti-social behaviour.