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SHOCK AS HOWARD DROPS PAEDEOPHILE REGISTER

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An inquiry into child abuse will tomorrow call for an independent commission to promote the rights and welfare of c...
An inquiry into child abuse will tomorrow call for an independent commission to promote the rights and welfare of children, reports The Guardian (p10).

The commission of inquiry set up two years ago by the National Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Children under the chair of Labour peer Lord Williams of Mostyn, also calls for a Cabinet minister for children.

Meanwhile The Times reports (p2) that plans for a national register of sex offenders has been dropped from the Queen's Speech.

Home secretary Michael Howard has abandoned the plan in favour of concentrating parliamentary time on new sentencing measures.

Michelle Elliott of children's charity Kidscape said she was shocked by the news.

'It is madness not to proceed as children need urgent protection from paedophiles.'

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