Clause 12

Children and Young Persons Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee at 11:45 am on 1 July 2008.

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Power to make further provision concerning independent reviewing officers: England

Question proposed, That the clause stand part of the Bill.

Photo of Beverley Hughes Beverley Hughes Minister of State (Children, Young People and Families; Minister for the North West), Department for Children, Schools and Families, Minister of State (Department for Children, Schools and Families) (Children and Youth Justice) (and Minister for the North West)

I shall not speak at great length on this clause. It is important because it sends a signal that we are absolutely serious about maximising the potential of the provisions in clause 11. If we do not, we will move within a specified period to establish a completely independent national service. That should make it absolutely clear that we are serious, so it is important to have that power set out in the clause.

Question put and agreed to.

Clause 12 ordered to stand part of the Bill.