HC Deb 29 February 2000 vol 345 cc230-1W
Mr. Wigley

To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what date an urgent search was ordered in England for those people named in the Waterhouse report as being unsuitable to work with children. [111369]

Mr. Hutton

Immediately following publication of the Waterhouse Report on 15 February, the Department wrote to chief executives of every local authority, health authority, National Health Service trust and to major children's services providers in the voluntary sector. Local authorities, health authorities and trusts were required to check their employment records and respond to the Department by 5pm on Thursday 17 February 2000 and voluntary organisations by 3pm on Friday 18 February.