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Children: Social Services

Volume 498: debated on Monday 2 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether his Department’s Freedom of Information liaison officer is routinely involved in the process of preparing answers to parliamentary questions; and whether that officer was consulted in preparing the answer of 22 October 2009, Official Report, columns 1664-67W, on children: social services. (296740)

The Department involves officials from particular disciplines in providing professional advice to Ministers as appropriate. It does not routinely disclose who provides that professional advice.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 22 October 2009, Official Report, columns 1664-67W, on children: social services, whether the information on date of death by month has been released in response to a request made to (a) his Department and (b) local authorities under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. (296741)

Information on date of death by month has not been released in response to a request made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to the Department. Any requests made to local authorities under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 will be answered locally and the Department would not expect to be made aware of such requests or responses.