Asylum Seekers

Part of First Minister's Question Time – in the Scottish Parliament at 12:00 pm on 29 March 2007.

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Photo of Rt Hon Jack McConnell Rt Hon Jack McConnell Labour 12:00, 29 March 2007

We have made significant progress. A number of measures have been in place for some time, including enhanced background checks on immigration staff working in Scotland and fieldwork for inspections of children's services for asylum seekers. Last week, the Minister for Education and Young People wrote to the Education Committee and the Communities Committee to confirm that we have now also reached agreement on lead professional arrangements, which should ensure that the particular needs of children are taken into account when decisions are being implemented.