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Disabled Children

Volume 461: debated on Thursday 21 June 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with representative groups about the transition support programme announced in Aiming High for Disabled Children: Better Support for Families. (143559)

Treasury Ministers and officials have meetings with a wide range of organisations in the public and private sectors as part of the process of policy development and delivery. As was the case with previous Administrations, it is not the Government’s practice to provide details of all such meetings.

The disabled children review consulted on a wide range of policy options, including support at transition to adulthood, with voluntary sector representatives, providers, professionals, local government, disabled children and young people and their parents, MPs, and academics, through:

responses to the Children and Young People review Call for Evidence in 2006;

joint HM Treasury and Department for Education and Skills seminars in July and October 2006;

a series of parliamentary hearings held in July 2006;

engagement with the disabled children’s pathfinder children’s trusts; and

visits to local authorities and specific providers.