§ 10. Mr. Olner
To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on the operation of the Children Act 1989, since its implementation.
§ Mrs. Virginia Bottomley
There has been a positive and enthusiastic response to the Act from those in the statutory and voluntary sector. The Children Act is the most important step forward this century in the protection afforded vulnerable children in our society. The Act is472W operating well. At the end of this year I shall be submitting a report to Parliament on the first year of the Act in operation.