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Volume 448: debated on Monday 3 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will commission an inquiry into the effects of alcoholism on children and families and to explore possible solutions. (79327)

I have been asked to reply.

The Government are aware that the quality of a parent-child relationship has a significant impact on the child's health and well-being. With this in mind, through the new provisions of the Children Act 2004 and ‘Every Child Matters’ Change for Children programme, we are building a much stronger statutory and multi-agency framework that will strengthen services for all children in need, and in need of protection, including those affected by alcoholism.

The effects of alcoholism are well understood and the Government are committed to working with local frontline services to support children and families affected.