§ Mr. Allen
To ask the Prime Minister (1) which Government Departments have been involved in the Broxtowe child sex abuse case; and if she will make a statement;
(2) further to her reply to the hon. Member for Nottingham, North of 19 January about the Broxtowe estate, whether she has any progress to report.
§ The Prime Minister
The offences were investigated by the Nottinghamshire constabulary and the successful prosecutions were conducted by the Crown Prosecution Service.
The Nottinghamshire social services department received appropriate support and guidance from the regional office of the Department of Health's social services inspectorate. Otherwise no Government Departments were directly involved in the case.
The Department has in hand an active programme of research into child care, including child abuse and child sexual abuse.