HC Deb 10 June 1982 vol 25 cc154-5W
Mr. Pawsey

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services to which bodies he has sent the revised section of his Department's guidance on family planning which advises that it would be most unusual to provide advice about contraception to children aged under 16 years without parental consent, since its issue in July 1981; and what response he has received to this guidance.

Mr. Kenneth Clarke

The Department's revised guidance on contraception and young people was distributed in January 1982 under cover of HN(81)5 as follows:

  • Regional Health Authorities*,
  • Area Health Authorities*.,
  • Boards of Governors*,
  • The Chief Executive: Metropolitan County Councils*,
  • Non-Metropolitan County Councils*,
  • Metropolitan District Councils*,
  • London Boroughs*m,
  • Greater London Council*,
  • Councils of the Isles of Scilly*,
  • The Town Clerk: City of London*,
  • Directors of Social Services*,
  • Family Practitioner Committees,
  • Community Health Councils,
  • Family Planning Association,
  • Brook Advisory Centres,
  • The Responsible Society,
  • London Youth Advisory Centre,
  • British Medical Association,
  • General Medical Council,
  • Medical Defence Union,
  • Medical Protection Society,
  • Royal College of Nursing,
  • Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists,
  • Royal College of General Practitiones,
  • Royal College of Psychiatrists,
  • Standing Medical Advisory Committee,
  • Standing Nursing Advisory Committee,
  • Registered Pregnancy Advice Bureaux,
  • British Pregnancy Advisory Service,
  • Pregnancy Advisory Service,
  • British Association of Social Workers,
  • Council for Educational Training of Health Visitors
  • National Council of Voluntary Child Care Organisations,
  • Catholic Child Welfare Council,
  • Central Midwives Board,
  • National Association of Family Planning Doctors,
  • National Association of Family Planning Nurses,
  • Joint Committee on Contraception,
  • Association of Directors of Social Services,
  • Residential Care Association,
  • Central Council for Education and Training of Social Workers,
  • National Marriage Guidance Council,
  • Church of England Board for Social Responsibility,
  • Association of Metropolitan Authorities,
  • County Councils Association,
  • London Boroughs Association.

* With a request to circulate the revised text as widely as possible to those concerned with family planning and other relevant service.

Those bodies which have responded have generally welcomed the revised guidelines.

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