Sir: It is difficult to imagine a more urgent need than an emergency refuge for abused children. The threatened closure ("Children's refuge may close", 21 March) of the London "safe home" - one of only four in the country - will leave hundreds of desperate children with nowhere to go.
The buck passing between the Department of Health and local authorities is an ignominious spectacle. They should get together and agree on joint temporary funding until the next government is elected. Then a long-term solution can be worked out.
LORD ASHLEY OF STOKE
House of Lords