HL Deb 09 February 2004 vol 656 c134WA
Lord Northbourne

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whom they consult in order to obtain the views of parents in relation to any Green Paper or other consultation document which relates to the care, education or parenting of the nation's children. [HLS28]

Baroness Ashton of Upholland

The Government regularly consult representative bodies such as the National Family and Parenting Institute (NFPI) which brings together all of those with expertise in the family and parenting field: the Parenting Education and Support Forum, a national umbrella organisation for those working in parenting education and support and Parentline Plus which operates a free telephone helpline on any parenting concerns, runs parenting workshops, produces information material and a website, and is currently piloting an e-mail helpline service.

Documents are distributed widely so that other organisations and individuals can respond if they so wish.