HC Deb 19 December 2003 vol 416 cc60-1W
Mr. Hancock

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on how the Green Paper on children at risk will be taken forward; and what major issues attracted most comment during the consultation. [142413]

Margaret Hodge

The level of response to the Green Paper "Every Child Matters" has been exceptionally high with over 4,500 responses received of whom over 3,000 were from children and young people. But as most the responses were received in the final week and just after the consultation period it is too soon to say what major issues attracted most comment. The majority of those that have been processed are broadly in support of the aims of the Green Paper.

I propose to publish a report in February which will set out the way forward.