HC Deb 19 April 1983 vol 41 c80W
42. Mr. Alton

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what recent representations he has received seeking amendment of the law concerning child care.

Mr. Newton

We have received representations about the need for a review of child care legislation as a whole and about a number of specific aspects of the legislation. These have included access to children in care; resolutions under section 3 at the Child Care Act 1980; safeguards for children in care proceedings; the appointment of independent visitors to children in care; the use of secure accommodation; the powers of local authorities to require contributions towards the maintenance of children in care; and the statutory framework within which care is provided for handicapped children.

As the hon. Member will be aware, I announced a number of new proposals in the field of child care in reply to my hon. Friend the Member for Brighton, Kempton (Mr. Bowden) on Monday 7 March 1983. — [Vol. 38, c. 329–30.]