Minister attacked

21st March 2008 at 00:00
A former High Court judge has attacked Jane Hutt, Wales's education minister, for failing to create an independent body to investigate complaints from Wales's most vulnerable children.

Sir Ronald Waterhouse - who presided over Wales's biggest child abuse inquiry into North Wales children's homes during the 1990s - said he was "scandalised" that she had failed to endorse the key recommendation of the Assembly's children and young people's committee that a national body should be set up to commission independent advocacy for children in Wales as soon as possible. Such a unit would have been the first in the UK.

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