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Parents: Duties and Responsibilities

Volume 702: debated on Thursday 26 June 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What are the rights, duties, powers, responsibilities and authority which, by law, a parent of a child has in relation to the child and the child's property, referred to in footnote 3 on page 5 of the White Paper, Joint birth registration: recording responsibility (Cm 7293); and where these duties and responsibilities are set out for parents and prospective parents. [HL4308]

Footnote 3 on page 5 of the White Paper, Joint birth registration: recording responsibility (Cm 7293), refers to the meaning of parental responsibility set out in Section 3(1) of the Children Act 1989, which describes it as, “all the rights, duties, powers, responsibilities and authority which by law a parent of a child has in relation to the child and his property”. It includes the responsibility to care for a child and to make decisions about his or her upbringing.