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Family Courts

Volume 458: debated on Thursday 22 March 2007

My right hon. and noble Friend the Secretary of State and Lord Chancellor has made the following written ministerial statement:

“I am pleased to inform the House that I have today laid before Parliament and placed in the Libraries of both Houses the responses to the Government’s “Confidence and Confidentiality: Improving Transparency and Privacy in Family Courts” consultation paper which was published on 11 July 2006. The document is available on the Department’s website at: We will also be publishing a young people’s guide.

There were 245 formal responses to the consultation, and additional contributions through stakeholder events and discussion forums. The Government were pleased to receive responses from all sides of the debate and were grateful for the respondents’ comments and suggestions. I am particularly grateful for the important contribution that children and young people have made to this consultation.

We have considered what people have said very carefully and will reflect on the responses received before bringing forward our proposals”.