Written Answers. - National Children's Strategy.

Alan Shatter

Question:

609 Mr. Shatter asked the Minister for Health and Children when it is intended to publish a national children's strategy as promised at the conference organised by the Children's Rights Alliance on 22 October 1998. [1991/99]

Work has started on the preparation of a national children's strategy. I intend to have a wide consultative process following which final proposals will be agreed. The publication of a comprehensive strategy document in relation to issues affecting children is a very important step which will have far reaching implications for the health, education and welfare of our children and I look forward to progressing this issue.