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Lords Amendment

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 9:45 pm on 6th November 2002.

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Photo of The Earl of Listowel The Earl of Listowel Crossbench 9:45 pm, 6th November 2002

My Lords, I thank the Minister for giving way. I tend towards his point. How are we to know what the needs of these children are? I sense that very little is known about how we can thoroughly assess their needs.

To return to my earlier point. We seem to have come very late in the day to a discussion of education, the health side of things and how social services will be involved. What has been said is welcome, but will the Minister say a little more about how the needs of children will be assessed so that they are not missed?