§ Mr. Michael
To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the circulars and other documents of guidance he has issued on the workings, implementation or interpretation of the Children Act 1989.
§ Mrs. Virginia Bottomley
The following documents which are available in the Library have been issuedLocal Authority Circular LAC(89)/16: The Children Act 1989: Notice of Royal assent and the provisions to take immediate or early effect;Local Authority Circular LAC(89)/17: Social Services Training Support Programme: Financial Year 1990–91;Local Authority Circular LAC(90)/3: The Children Act 1989 (Admission of Hearsay Evidence) Order—Statutory Instrument 143/1990;Children Act 1989: Training Together—A Training and curriculum Model;An Introduction to the Children Act 1989;The Care of Children: Principles and Practice in regulations and Guidance:Children Act 1989 Consultation Paper No. 1—Secure Accommodation (Guidance and Regulations).
Consultation paper No. 2—Policy and Standards of Day care and Educational Services (Guidance)—will be issued later this week; further consultation papers are being prepared, and will be issued shortly.
In addition, the Department of Health produces "Implementation News", a monthly newsletter which provides a forum for the exchange of information about courses, conferences and seminars, training material, progress on implementation, news from the regions, and initiatives by local authorities and voluntary and other agencies. "Implementation News" is widely distributed to local authorities, voluntary and professional agencies and other relevant organisations.