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Children: Asylum

Volume 467: debated on Tuesday 13 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what responsibilities his Department has in relation to children seeking asylum; (162168)

(2) what responsibilities the Under-Secretary of State for Children, Young People and Families holds in relation to asylum-seeking children.

The Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families' Department holds the same responsibility to children seeking asylum in this country as they hold to UK citizen children. The Government are committed to enabling all children including those seeking asylum to reach their full potential. This includes the Under-Secretary of State maintaining a strong lead in securing integrated children's services and educational excellence for all.