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Community Orders

Volume 495: debated on Monday 6 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice for what reasons offenders undertaking unpaid work under the Children and Adoption Act 2006 are not required to wear identifiable clothing. (263855)

The Children and Adoption Act 2006 makes unpaid work available as a requirement of an enforcement order for breach of a child contact order in the Family Proceedings court, County court and High Court. A person who has breached a contact order can be required to undertake between 40 and 200 hours unpaid work, which is intended to ensure future compliance with the contact order. The fact that these offenders have not been included in the Community Payback scheme is anomalous. I am therefore actively considering the inclusion of these orders in the scheme.