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Asylum Seekers

Volume 405: debated on Tuesday 20 May 2003

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To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps he is taking to assist local authorities to undertake their duties under the Children Act 1989 to care for all unaccompanied asylum seekers under the age of 18. [113912]

I have been asked to reply.Unaccompanied asylum seeking children are supported by local authorities' social services departments under the Children Act 1989. This support is financed through a grant from the Home Office.