HC Deb 29 October 1999 vol 336 c1029W
Mr. Robertson

To ask the Secretary of State for Health when measures will be in place to regulate the operation of children's homes which cater for under four children; and if he will make a statement. [95663]

Mr. Hutton

[holding answer 26 October 1999]: We intend to extend regulation to children's homes which accommodate fewer than four children as soon as we have the legislative opportunity. In the meantime we are considering how we might introduce a voluntary accreditation scheme for such homes.