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Better Regulation Task Force

Volume 447: debated on Thursday 22 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the answer of 19 December 2005, Official Report, column 2403W, on the Better Regulation Task Force, what progress he has made in considering whether and to what extent the Task Force’s other specific proposals can contribute to the key outcomes outlined in ‘Every Child Matters’. (78570)

[holding answer 19 June 2006]: The Task Force’s recommendation, that guidance should be given to local authorities that Directors of Children’s Services should have functions relating to child employment as part of their remit, is a helpful contribution to the ‘Every Child Matters’ agenda. I have not yet been persuaded that the Task Force’s legislative recommendations would make a significant contribution towards the five key outcomes for all our children described in ‘Every Child Matters’. The Government will continue to consider the recommendations, but will not take any measures that could compromise children’s entitlement to education, sufficient rest, or appropriate leisure time.