§ Mr. Garnier
To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she intends to issue further guidance to local authorities on the registration of child minders; and if she will make a statement.
§ Mr. Bowis
The Department has today issued local authority circular (94)23, "The Children Act 1989: Registration of Child Minders", which clarifies current guidance on the use of physical punishment by child minders. Copies of the circular have been placed in the Library.