HC Deb 23 April 1999 vol 329 c725W
Mr. Corbett

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what requirements are placed on local authorities to monitor and record the ethnic origins of those held in secure units. [81895]

Mr. Hutton

Under the Children Act 1989, the local authority responsible for a looked-after child in a secure unit should ensure details of racial origin, culture and linguistic background are recorded and stored. Secure units are required to record and provide ethnic data to the social services inspectorate in advance of inspections.

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