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Social Exclusion

Volume 450: debated on Monday 16 October 2006

To ask the Prime Minister (1) whom he consulted before making his speech in September 2006 on social exclusion; who wrote his speech; what input he had into its writing; what percentage of the speech he wrote; which (a) individuals and (b) organisations he consulted before delivering his speech; and if he will make a statement; (93155)

(2) what representations he received from (a) hon. Members and (b) members of the public about his speech made in September 2006 on social exclusion; how many (i) supported and (ii) opposed the contents of his speech; and if he will make a statement;

(3) what the evidential basis was for his statement that it is possible to identify children who could grow up to be a potential risk to society before they are born; and if he will make a statement.

I wrote my speech following submissions from a wide range of individuals and organisations.

Chapter 3 of ‘Reaching Out: An Action Plan on Social Exclusion’ sets out the Government's approach on social exclusion and the topic of early identification. Further detailed information on the research papers on risk and protective factors and early intervention were published at the time of my speech and are available on the Number 10 website. Copies have also been placed in the Library of the House.

Since my speech I have received 28 letters about the issue of social exclusion. Given the volume of correspondence I receive, thousands of letters each week covering a broad spectrum of issues, my office records letters by subject rather than by the view expressed.