HC Deb 26 November 1979 vol 974 cc536-7W
Mr. Peter Bottomley

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment, if he will list his Department's responsibilities relating to children and the statutes from which these arise showing which branch or division within his Department and which Minister deals with each of these responsibilities; who is responsible for co-ordinating the various responsibilities relating to children within his Department; and who is responsible for co-ordinating his responsibilities for children with those of other Departments.

Mr. Heseltine

My Department has responsibility for children to the extent that they are affected by its environmental and local government policies as a whole. At present, housing 2 division is the Department's focal point in matters relating to children both within the Department and vis-a-vis other Departments.

Subject Area Division Statutory Power Minister
Sport and recreation Sport and recreation division (SARD) Mr. Hector Monro
Playground safety Housing 2 division (SARD from 1 December) Mr. John Stanley
Playspace on housing estates Housing 2 division Housing Finance Act 1972 Mr. John Stanley
Housing 3 division
Housing development division 2
Social aspects of housing development including play Social research division Mr. John Stanley
Design aspects of housing development including playgrounds Housing development division 1 Mr;. John Stanley
Urban programme—child-related projects Inner cities division 2 Local Government Grants (Social Need) Act 1969 Mr. Tom King