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To ask the Secretary of State for Education
(1) what work has been undertaken by the Childhood and Families Taskforce to date; and what meetings the Taskforce has convened since it was established;
(2) who the (a) members of and (b) contributors to the Childhood and Families Taskforce are.
The Prime Minister set up the Childhood and Families Task Force to ensure policies across different departments come together to tackle some of the major obstacles to a happy childhood and a successful family life.
The Childhood and Families Task Force is chaired by the Prime Minister and comprises: the Deputy Prime Minister; the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (Mr Duncan Smith); the Minister of State, Department for Education, my hon. Friend Sarah Teather; the Minister for Universities and Science (Mr Willetts); the Economic Secretary to the Treasury (Justine Greening); and the Under-Secretary of State for Health, my hon. Friend Anne Milton.
Since the Childhood and Families Task Force was established, there have been regular ministerial meetings and it has overseen a range of activities led by the Departments that are members of the group, including: Reg Bailey's review of the commercialisation and sexualisation of children; Mr Allen’s review of early intervention; the modern workplaces consultation; the £30 million dedicated fund for relationship support; the Family Justice Review; and action to meet the ambition to turn around the lives of families with multiple problems.