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Children

Volume 472: debated on Wednesday 20 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many times the Children’s Plan expert groups have met; and if he will publish the minutes and attendance lists of each meeting. (186755)

Between their inception in September 2007 and the publication of the Children’s Plan in December 2007, each of the three age-based Children’s Plan expert groups met three times as a group; there was one additional meeting which brought together all three expert groups in a plenary session in November 2007.

Lists of the original expert group members are published as annexes to the expert group reports, which are available on the DCSF Time to Talk website. Attendance lists were not published. Group discussions were held in confidence and minutes not published, as they relate to formulation and development of government policy and free and frank provision of advice and exchange of views for the purposes of deliberation.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when he proposes to publish the implementation documents referred to in the Children's Plan. (186763)

The Children's Plan lists a number of documents due to be published during 2008. The intended timings were set out in the plan or in accompanying press notices and are:

Child Health Strategy, spring;

Obesity Action Plan, already published as ‘Healthy Weight, Healthy Lives’ in January;

Review of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, summer;

Play Strategy, summer;

Staying Safe: Action Plan, published in February;

Byron review, March;

Rose review of the Primary curriculum, interim report due in October, final report by March 2009;

Review of progress on special educational needs due to take place in 2009;

Bercow review on children, young people and speech, language and communication, interim report due spring, final report by summer;

Review of progress on implementation of Steer report, by summer;

Youth Task Force Action Plan, spring;

Drugs Strategy, spring;

Youth Grime Action Plan, during 2008;

Children's Workforce Action Plan, spring.