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TUESDAY 10 APRIL 2001

Members present:

Mrs Liz Blackman
Mr Julian Brazier
Ann Coffey
Caroline Flint
Sandra Gidley
Mrs Llin Golding
Mr David Hinchliffe
Mr John Hutton
Mr Jonathan R. Shaw
Mrs Caroline Spelman
Mr Desmond Swayne

Members disclosed their pecuniary interests pursuant to the Resolution of the House of 13 July 1992.

Mr David Hinchliffe was called to the Chair.

The Committee deliberated.

Ordered, That Strangers be admitted during the examination of witnesses unless the Committee otherwise orders.—(The Chairman).

The Committee further deliberated.

[Adjourned till Tuesday 24 April at Ten o'clock.

TUESDAY 24 APRIL 2001

Members present:

Mr David Hinchliffe, in the Chair

Mrs Liz Blackman
Mr Julian Brazier
Ann Coffey
Caroline Flint
Sandra Gidley
Mrs Llin Golding
Mr John Hutton
Mr Jonathan R. Shaw
Mrs Caroline Spelman
Mr Desmond Swayne
Ms Dari Taylor

The Committee deliberated.

Adoption and Children Bill: Mr James Paton, Bill Principal and Mr Mark Ferrero, Project Manager for Adoption and Permanence, Department of Health, Ms Sandra Walker, Assistant Director, Solicitors for the Department of Health, Ms Amanda Finlay, Director, Public and Private Rights Directorate, and Ms Kay Birch, Head of Children Branch, Family Policy Division, Lord Chancellor's Department, and Ms Diane Shepherd, Chief Executive, Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (CAFCASS), were examined.

[Adjourned till Tuesday 1 May at Ten o'clock.

TUESDAY 1 MAY 2001

Members present:

Mr David Hinchliffe, in the Chair

Mr Julian Brazier
Ann Coffey
Caroline Flint
Sandra Gidley
Mr John Hutton
Mr Jonathan R. Shaw
Mrs Caroline Spelman
Mr Desmond Swayne
Ms Dari Taylor

The Committee deliberated.

Adoption and Children Bill: Ms Felicity Collier, Chief Executive and Ms Deborah Cullen, Legal Group Secretary, British Agencies for Adoption and Fostering (BAAF) and Mr James Paton, Bill Principal, Department of Health, were examined.

Adoption and Children Bill: Mr Robert Hutchinson, Director of Social Services, Portsmouth City Council and Chair of ADSS Children and Families Committee, Ms Meg Staples, Adoption Manger, Nottinghamshire County Council, Cllr Maureen Rutter, Chair, LGA Adoption Task Group (Gloucestershire County Council), Mr Andrew Christie, Assistant Director of Social Services, London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham and Ms Dorothy Blatcher, Policy Officer, LGA Children and Families and member of the Adoption Standards Working Party and of the Adoption and Permanence Partnership Council, were examined.

[Adjourned till Tuesday 8 May at Ten o'clock.

TUESDAY 8 MAY 2001

Members present:

Mr David Hinchliffe, in the Chair

Mrs Liz Blackman
Mr Julian Brazier
Ann Coffey
Sandra Gidley
Mrs Llin Golding
Mr Jonathan R. Shaw
Mrs Caroline Spelman
Mr Desmond Swayne
Ms Dari Taylor

The Committee deliberated.

Adoption and Children Bill: Ms Liv O'Hanlon, Director and Ms Sue James, Policy and Research Director, The Adoption Forum; Ms Philly Morrall, Adoptive Parent, Director, Member of the Adoption Standards Working Party, and Member of the Adoption and Permanence Partnership Council, Ms Lynda Gilbert, Adoptive Parent, Group Co-ordinator, and Member of the Adoption Standards Working Party and Ms Helen Wilkins, Adoptive Parent, Group Co-ordinator and Member of the Adoption and Permanence Taskforce, Adoption UK, were examined.

Adoption and Children Bill: Ms Pam Hodgkins, Founder and Trustee, Ms Angela Tanner, Chair of Trustees, Ms Doreen Ward, Trustee and Ms Sandra Webster, Vice-Chair of Trustees National Organisation for Counselling Adoptees and Parents (NORCAP), were examined.

Adoption and Children Bill: Ms Gerri McAndrew, Executive Director and Ms Pat Verity, Deputy Director, National Foster Care Association, were examined.
Adoption and Children Bill: Mr Jim Parton, Chairman and Trustee and Mr John Shirley Families Need Fathers, were examined.

Mr James Paton, Bill Principal, Department of Health, in attendance.

[Adjourned till Wednesday 9 May at Two o'clock.

WEDNESDAY 9 MAY 2001

Members present:

Mr David Hinchliffe, in the Chair

Mrs Liz Blackman
Mr Julian Brazier
Ann Coffey
Caroline Flint
Mr Desmond Swayne

The Committee deliberated.

Draft Special Report, proposed by the Chairman, brought up, and read the first and second time, and agreed to.

Resolved, That the Report be the First Special Report of the Committee to the House.

Ordered, That the Chairman do make the Report to the House.

That several Papers be appended to the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee

That the Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence be reported to the House.

That several papers be reported to the House.

   [The Committee adjourned.


 
 
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