HC Deb 15 November 1979 vol 973 c749W
Mr. Field

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will reconsider the original decision not to establish a public inquiry into the death of Paul Brown.

Mr. Patrick Jenkin

No. In making my original decision I had very much in mind the fact that there had already been two inquiries into the death of this small boy, and the improvements necessary to prevent a similar incident occurring again and to provide better services for children in Wirral had been identified. Indeed, improvements were already in train, and I have asked for a full progress report by the end of this year, which I look forward to receiving with great interest.