HL Deb 19 December 2001 vol 630 c74WA
Lord Carlile of Berriew

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they have any proposals to replace services and the funding of services run by the Children's Society in Wales following the recently announced decision of the Children's Society to cease functioning in Wales. [HL1347]

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton

It is for the National Assembly for Wales to take the lead in resolving this problem.

Jane Hutt, Assembly Minister for Health and Social Services, has asked Children in Wales to convene a task force to secure the continuation of as many as possible of the services currently provided by the society.

The task force is being chaired by Christine Walby, a trustee of Children in Wales and Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Wales, Swansea. Local authorities, voluntary organisations, the Church in Wales and staff groups are all represented on the task force, which is expected to report early in the new year.