HC Deb 16 May 1990 vol 172 c419W
Mr. Alfred Morris

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information his Department has on the number of visits made to families with young children by people posing, in the Manchester area and elsewhere, as health visitors or social workers; if there is any action he will be taking; and if he will make a statement.

Mrs. Virginia Bottomley

Maintaining a record of the number of such visits is properly a task for the police. We will keep under review the need for action beyond endorsing advice already given that families should check carefully the credentials of any visitors before allowing them to see young children. No bona fide social worker would personally purport to conduct a medical examination of a child.