§ Mr. Burstow
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what arrangements his Department has made to monitor the effect of parenting orders. 
§ Mr. Boateng
Pilot schemes have been set up in nine different areas. These were announced on 3 June 1998,Official Report, column 219.
The pilots will help to identify good practice in implementing a number of the new youth justice measures contained in the Crime and Disorder Act 1998, including the parenting order. The pilots began on 30 September and will run for 18 months.
The pilot schemes are being evaluated by a team of researchers form Sheffield University. The evaluation will provide information about the use of the parenting order, the outcomes of the order and practice in delivering and supervising the order.