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Children: Parental Responsibility

Volume 698: debated on Tuesday 29 January 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they will issue guidance on the interpretation of the phrase ‚Äúparental responsibility‚ÄĚ in Part I of the Children Act 1989. [HL1551]

My department issued The Children Act 1989: Guidance and Regulations Volume 1 Court Orders on 24 January. The guidance, which revises that previously issued in 1991, sets out what is meant by parental responsibility and how it can be obtained and lost. It was issued to local authority chief executives and directors of children's services and is available for free public download on my department's website. It will soon be available (as a priced publication) from The Stationery Office.