§ Mr. Wigley
To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what guidelines have been given by her Department to local authorities concerning the involvement of children and service users in the compilation of registers of disabled children;
(2) if she will make a statement outlining the progress made to date by local authorities in England on establishing registers of disabled children; and when she expects the first registers to be published.
§ Mr. Bowis
Guidance was issued to local authorities on the setting up of registers in "The Children Act 1989: Guidance and Regulations Volume 6 Children with Disabilities". The first report to Parliament of the working of the Children Act 1989, a copy of which is available in the Library, shows that at 30 June 1992, 73 local authorities had completed their arrangements for establishing such a register which represents two thirds of all local authorities in England. Since registers contain confidential personal information, it would not be right for them to be published.