Results 21–40 of 200 for "child welfare" in the 'Commons debates'

Opposition Day — [20th Allotted Day — First Part]: Bullying in Schools (17 Oct 2007)

Stephen Williams: ..., and whenever we talk about education and the media report on educational matters the focus is usually on school performance, exam results, league tables and so on. We hear far too little about child welfare. Indeed, children often say that the biggest cause of stress for them in school is that they are tested so much. However, the second biggest reason for children feeling stress at...

deferred division: Child Maintenance and Other Payments Bill (4 Jul 2007)

Maria Miller: yet another missed opportunity to establish a maintenance system that works, and we will work with them to ensure that that does not happen. Child maintenance is a critical factor in supporting child welfare and we have no option but to get our child maintenance system right. Each and every year, between 150,000 and 200,000 couples with children separate. Indeed, 15 per cent. of...

Orders of the Day: Child Maintenance and Other Payments Bill (4 Jul 2007)

David Evennett: ...for the state, but where arrangements can be made privately, it is essential that we should encourage that and help to make it happen. Child maintenance is obviously a critical factor in supporting child welfare, and our children deserve the best. I shall not go through the facts and figures, because they are well known and on the public record. Children are our future and we must do all...

Business of the House: Women, Justice and Gender Equality (8 Mar 2007)

Angela Watkinson: ...before he had access. A lot more thought needs to go into the decisions that come out of courts. It is certainly important that both parents should have access to children, but in the interests of child welfare, a child should not be driven around in a car by a drug-taking father just so that he can access his right to his child. Very early sexual activity can lead to, for example,...

Sessional Orders: Debate on the Address — [First Day] (15 Nov 2006)

Alun Michael: .... Since 1997, we have had a golden age of radical domestic legislation: the minimum wage—delivered after 100 years of campaigning—laws promoting social inclusion, education, enterprise, justice, child welfare and much, much more. In my constituency, under the Conservatives a generation of young people were denied hope and opportunity, but since 1997, unemployment and long-term youth...

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Nepal (14 Jun 2006)

Mark Lancaster: One of the groups most affected by the recent tragedies in Nepal are the street children of Kathmandu. In commending the good work of two charities, the Child Welfare Scheme and Asha Nepal, may I ask what plans the Minister has to target aid at that needy group in Kathmandu?

Orders of the Day: New Clause 6 — Appointment of visitor for a child who is not being visited (17 May 2006)

Alasdair McDonnell: I welcome the opportunity to raise my concern about child welfare. There are many serious issues. Although I welcome the purpose and intent of my hon. Friend the Member for North Down (Lady Hermon) in proposing the new clause, I have some concerns. I would have preferred the new clause to have been additional to the current legislation, rather than something to be used instead of it. As I...

Christmas Adjournment (20 Dec 2005)

Martin Caton: ...enormously. Local authority staff who were responsible for working with families from which support had been withdrawn thought that they did not have the necessary training or experience to balance child welfare and human rights considerations with the imperatives of immigration control. Local authorities were all worried about resource implications of section 9 and some felt that there...

Prorogation — Her Majesty's Most Gracious Speech (7 Apr 2005)

Michael Martin: ...scrutiny. Draft legislation has been published to safeguard the welfare of children in circumstances of parental separation and inter-country adoption from countries where there are concerns about child welfare. A draft Bill has been published to introduce a new offence of corporate manslaughter. Draft legislation has been published to ensure the better management and protection of our...

Health and Education (30 Nov 2004)

Paul Burstow: bring those two bodies together, so that, for the first time, we have one agency responsible for setting the framework of standards and regulation for the whole health and care sector. The child welfare Bill, which is in its draft form for scrutiny in the House, appears to refer only to enforcement of rules after a settlement has been agreed. Our initial thoughts are that the changes...

Orders of the Day — Children Bill [Lords]: New Clause 4 — Appeals about information held on databases (2 Nov 2004)

Tim Loughton: ...may lead to inappropriate interventions while leaving vulnerable children at risk. Cause for concern is not a standard used or understood by the caring professions. Nor does it appear in any other child welfare or health legislation." It certainly does not appear in the Children Act 1989. That contains "clear definitions of where local authorities can and must act when the child is in...

Vulnerable Children (16 Jul 2003)

Tim Loughton: ...with care, adoption and guardianship. There are also serious concerns about the number of children who are held in prison, which has doubled from 1,328 in 1992 to 2,609 last year. The provisions of child welfare considerations under the Children Act 1989 do not extend a duty to prison authorities. There are concerns about the continuation of private fostering despite the strong...

Business of the House (3 Jul 2003)

Eric Forth: ...the Chair by Ministers of the Crown? It is quite unacceptable, and I hope that something will be done about it. I should also like to ask for an urgent debate entitled "The Government's approach to child welfare", which would give us an opportunity to explore the recent extraordinary appointment of the hon. Member for Barking (Margaret Hodge) as, of all things, Minister for Children. If...

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Licensed Premises (Children) (19 May 2003)

Brian Iddon: What recent discussions she has had with child welfare organisations about children's access to licensed premises.

Adoption and Children Bill: Clause 44 — Suitability Of Adopters (4 Nov 2002)

Mr David Hinchliffe: ...that, simply because people are not married, it does not mean that they cannot bring up children appropriately in stable relationships. If unmarried parents automatically meant instability, the child welfare organisations and social services would be more involved in removing children from such relationships.

Education Bill: Before Clause 18 (15 Jul 2002)

David Miliband: ...those who want to get on with their work. The debate was noteworthy. A couple of hon. Members were asked to name regulations they would cut. The House has welcomed the increased regulation on child welfare introduced by the Bill. We know that the literacy and numeracy strategies have been hugely successful in raising standards in primary schools. We also know that the key stage 3 strategy,...

Orders of the Day — Adoption and Children Bill — [2nd Allotted Day]: Clause 41 — Child to live with adopters before application (16 May 2002)

Mr David Hinchliffe: ...regulation. I have a lot of respect for the hon. Gentlemen who put their names to amendment (a) to amendment No. 158. I worked with them on the Health Committee, and I know their deep commitment to child welfare. However, I urge the House to oppose amendment (a). Sadly, the media interest in this debate has focused on the red herring of same-sex adoptions. Frankly, such arrangements are...

Orders of the Day — Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Bill (24 Apr 2002)

Shaun Woodward: ...for them to participate in social, leisure and other activities that may not be available to others. My concern about this potential disparity is also about the inspection regimes and frameworks for child welfare that will apply in the accommodation centres. How will the provisions of the Children Act 1989 and the Care Standards Act 2000 apply? If there were to be an accommodation centre...

Orders of the Day — Homelessness Bill: After clause 11 — A new clause (25 Feb 2002)

Sally Keeble: ...of my hon. Friend the Member for Regent's Park and Kensington, North, who has pursued the issue vociferously, because of its importance for her constituency and also because of her concerns about child welfare in general.

Facilities of the House (18 Dec 2001)

Robin Cook: No, I will not give way again. In Belfast, republicans have engaged in the political process on everything from child welfare to care of the elderly. We cannot demand that process of engagement in Northern Ireland if we at Westminster keep the door firmly barred in case Sinn Fein MPs even put their foot across it.

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