Child Abuse (North Wales)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:31 pm on 17th June 1996.

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Photo of Ann Coffey Ann Coffey Shadow Spokesperson (Health), Shadow Spokesperson (Health) 3:31 pm, 17th June 1996

I welcome the Utting review of procedures in children's homes and fostering agencies. As the Secretary of State will know, however, the Government have already issued a consultation document entitled "Moving Forward" to look into the registration and inspection of such homes and agencies—a key protection issue. Although the consultation was completed in February, no Government proposals have been forthcoming as a result.

Does today's announcement mean that that consultation will be put on the back burner, and that we shall now have to wait for months for the current review and for the Government to act on some of the problems—particularly those of unregistrable small children's homes—of which they are aware, and on which action is urgently needed?