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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Children, Schools and Families (Baroness Morgan of Drefelin): Precise data on the number of guardians appointed by the courts to represent children in care proceedings are not available. However, one guardian is usually appointed in each care proceeding and, for the years in which the Children and Family

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Court Advisory and Support Service (CAFCASS) has existed and kept records, the number of care proceedings were as follows:

Financial YearTotal number of care proceedings















Asked by Lord Rooker

Baroness Morgan of Drefelin: The DCSF does not maintain records of the number of complaints made by children in respect of named guardians. CAFCASS does not collect this information in a centralised system but has provided the following statistics for the number of complaints made by children to CAFCASS. Without further investigation, CAFCASS cannot clarify how many of these complaints relate specifically to guardians.

Financial YearTotal Number of Children's Complaints Recorded*









April 2009-4 November2009


Asked by Lord Rooker

Baroness Morgan of Drefelin: The Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (CAFCASS) has a statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people who are the subject of court proceedings. It offers advice to the courts about applications made to them, makes provision for children to be represented in court proceedings, and provides information, advice and support for the children and their families.

We continue to work closely with CAFCASS to ensure that its organisation, staffing and delivery systems are robust and sufficient for it to fulfil its statutory responsibilities. Our aim is to ensure that every child involved in court proceedings receives the high quality support he or she needs while managing within finite resources to meet the needs of all the children in the system.

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Child Support Agency


Asked by Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government & Department for Work and Pensions (Lord McKenzie of Luton): Research is underway to provide, amongst other things, more detail on the economic situation of parents and their views on relationships with former partners. This will provide a much broader view of the different types of maintenance arrangements made by different socio-economic groups within the population and their effectiveness. Research findings are planned for the spring/summer of 2010.

Asked by Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope

Lord McKenzie of Luton: Information relating to outstanding child maintenance arrears is routinely published on page 20 of the Child Support Agency's Quarterly Summary Statistics; the latest version of which is available in the House of Commons Library or online at: 0909.pdf.

Latest figures show that in September 2009 the amount of outstanding child maintenance arrears was £3,796 million, a decrease from £3,811 million in June 2009. These figures are unaudited, pending the publication of the Client Funds Accounts.

Arrears are owed by non-resident parents as a result of their failure to meet their responsibilities to their children. £152 million child maintenance arrears have been collected in the 12 months to September 2009. The new enforcement powers set out in the Child Maintenance and Other Payments Act 2008 will give the commission the tools it needs to further increase compliance.

Asked by Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope

Lord McKenzie of Luton: Quarterly figures as at the end of September 2009 show 73 per cent of cases handled by the CSA where maintenance was due were receiving maintenance. Cases are counted as having a positive maintenance outcome if they have received a payment via the collection service in the quarter or have a maintenance direct agreement in place.

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The commission, with the Department for Work and Pensions, is in the process of commissioning work to build an annual survey which will provide an estimate of the number of separated families and the proportion with effective arrangements. This will include arrangements made privately.

Children Act 1989


Asked by Lord Rooker

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Children, Schools and Families (Baroness Morgan of Drefelin): The work of CAFCASS guardians is crucial in securing the well-being of vulnerable children in the family justice system.

There has been a good deal of discussion about the most effective use of guardian resource in recent months. In particular, my officials have taken the views of the Family Justice Council on this issue. I have also received a number of representations, including from the Interdisciplinary Alliance for Children.

The Secretary of State has recently written to Sir Mark Potter in his role as the chair of the Family Justice Council to propose a way forward on this issue and a copy of this letter will be placed in the Library of the House.

Control Orders


Asked by Baroness Neville-Jones

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord West of Spithead): Between April 2007 and the end of October 2009, the Home Office spent £611,470.93 on accommodation, council tax, utility bills, telephone line rental, pre-paid telephone cards, phone bills and other subsistence paid to individuals subject to control orders.

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Asked by Lord Sheikh

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord West of Spithead): The Government's counterterrorism strategy, CONTEST, highlighted the importance of managing the connection between "pursue" and "prevent".

Ensuring that the mutually supportive elements of the two strands are complementary and do not undermine one another requires effective information sharing. We expect the police and their partners to act on the risk they assess from the information available to them. This will determine whether a "prevent" or "pursue" response is more appropriate and which partner or agency should act to protect the public from harm. It is for the police to decide, on a case-by-case basis, if an identified risk should be considered for "pursue" action.

This does not entail the collection of unnecessary data and personal information on Muslim citizens. Information is gathered and shared by the police and local partners only when it is necessary, proportionate and lawful to do so.

Asked by Lord Sheikh

Lord West of Spithead: We completely disagree with the remarks made by the Quilliam Foundation and have written to it to make this clear. Neither on this nor on any other issue does Quilliam speak for the Government.

Asked by Baroness Neville-Jones

Lord West of Spithead: There are two counter-terrorism and extremism liaison officers (CTELO) in the Gulf states: Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. HMG do not hold historical funding data for individual CTELO posts.

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However, the estimated cost for 2009-10 for the two posts is £345,650. Funding for CTELO posts for 2010-11 has not yet been determined. The Home Office currently funds the CTELO post in Saudi Arabia; the Foreign and Commonwealth Office currently funds the CTELO post in Bahrain.

Asked by Baroness Neville-Jones

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government & Department for Work and Pensions (Lord McKenzie of Luton): A list of local authorities who have received/will receive funding for Prevent from Government between 2007-08 and 2010-11 is set out below. This includes funding from Communities and Local Government to local authorities through the Preventing Violent Extremism Pathfinder Fund (2007-08), Area Based Grant (from 2008-09 to 2010-11), the Community Leadership Fund (CLF) and funding from the Office of Security and Counter Terrorism (OSCT).

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Local Authorities



London Borough of Redbridge



LAs above, plus

London Borough of Hounslow

London Borough of Brent

London Borough of Ealing

London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham

London Borough of Harrow

London Borough of Hillingdon

London Borough of Barking and Dagenham

London Borough of Barnet

London Borough of Camden

London Borough of Croydon

London Borough of Enfield

London Borough of Greenwich

London Borough of Hackney

London Borough of Haringey

London Borough of Islington

London Borough of Lambeth

London Borough of Lewisham

London Borough of Merton

London Borough of Newham

London Borough of Southwark

London Borough of Tower Hamlets

London Borough of Waltham Forest

London Borough of Wandsworth

City of Westminster

Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

Bristol City Council

Crawley Borough Council

Oxford City Council

Slough Borough Council

Reading UA

Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead (2007-08 and 2010-11 only)

Woking Borough Council

Wycombe District Council

Bedford Borough Council

Luton Borough Council

Peterborough City Council

Watford Borough Council

Leicester City Council

Derby City Council

Nottingham City Council

Birmingham City Council

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

Walsall Council

Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council

Stoke-on-Trent City Council



Leeds City Council

Wakefield City Council (2007-08 and 2010-11)


Rotherham Borough Council

Sheffield Council

Newcastle City Council

Middlesbrough Borough Council



Manchester City Council



Salford (2007-08 and 2010-11 only)

Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council

Trafford Council

Wigan Council (2007-08 only)

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council

Hyndburn Borough Council

Pendle Borough Council

Preston City Council

Ribble Valley Borough Council (2007-08 only)

Rossendale Borough Council (2007-08 only)


All LAs above (except where stated), plus

West Sussex (2008-09 and 2009-10 only)

Swindon (2008-09 and 2009-10 only)

Plymouth (2008-09 and 2009-10 only)

London Borough of Bromley

London Borough of Sutton

London Borough of Kingston upon Thames

Aylesbury Vale Council

Milton Keynes Council

Southampton City Council

Portsmouth Council

Coventry City Council

East Staffordshire Borough Council

Wolverhampton City Council


Wokingham (2008-09 only)

Northamptonshire County Council (2008-09 only)

Northampton Borough Council


All LAs above (except where stated), plus

London Borough of Bexley

London Borough of Richmond upon Thames

Brighton and Hove City Council

St Albans District Council

Solihull (2009-10 only)

Chiltern (2009-10 only)

Gateshead (2009-10 only)

Halton (2009-10 only)


All LAs above (except where stated), plus

Gloucester City Council

Medway Council

Cambridge City Council

Charnwood Borough Council

Telford and Wrekin Council

Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council

Kingston upon Hull UA

Stockton on Tees


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