Amendments proposed to the Adoption and Children Bill - continued House of Commons

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Tim Loughton
Mr Robert Walter
Mr Henry Bellingham
Mr Jonathan Djanogly
Mr Julian Brazier

8

Clause     59,     page     33,     line     31,     leave out subsection (3).


   

Mr Andrew Turner

11

Clause     126,     page     70,     line     20,     at end insert—

    '( )   In the case of an application for a placement order, for the variation or revocation of such an order, or for an adoption order, the rules must require that the court or adoption agency make available to the legal representatives of the parent or guardian of any child subject to such an application all records used by the court or adoption agency in relation to that proceeding.'.


REMAINING NEW CLAUSES

Interviews with children

   

Mr Andrew Turner

NC1

To move the following Clause—

    '   In the case of an application for a placement order, for the variation or revocation of such an order, or for an adoption order, no interview which is conducted with a child shall be relied upon in proceedings unless supported by a video or audio recording of that interview.'.


Considerations applying to the exercise of powers

   

Tim Loughton
Mr Julian Brazier
Mr Henry Bellingham
Mr Robert Walter
Mr Jonathan Djanogly

NC2

     To move the following Clause:—

    '(1)   This section applies whenever a court or adoption agency is coming to a decision relating to the adoption of a child other than in proceedings under Part IV of the Children Act 1989.

    (2)   The child's welfare throughout his life shall be the paramount consideration.

    (3)   At all times when any question with respect to the adoption of a child arises, the court or adoption agency shall have regard to the general principle that any delay in determining the question is likely to prejudice the welfare of the child.

    (4)   The court or adoption agency shall have regard in particular to—

      (a) the ascertainable wishes and feelings of the child concerned (considered in the light of his age and understanding);

      (b) his physical, emotional and educational needs;

      (c) the likely effect on him (throughout his life) of any changes in his circumstances;

      (d) his age, sex, background and any characteristics of his which the court considers relevant;

      (e) any harm which he has suffered or is at risk of suffering;

      (f) the relationship which the child has with relatives (including mother, father, siblings or half-siblings) and any other person in relation to whom the court or adoption agency considers the relationship (legal or otherwise) to be relevant, including:

      (i)   the likelihood of any such relationship continuing and the value to the child of its doing so,

      (ii)   the capability of any such person to meet the child's needs,

      (iii)   the wishes and feelings of any such person regarding the child.

      (g) the range of powers available under this Act and under the Children Act 1989 and the principle that the court shall not make any order unless it considers that making the order would be better for the child than not doing so.

    (5)   In placing the child for adoption, the adoption agency must give due consideration to the child's religious persuasion, racial origin and cultural and linguistic background, subject to the proviso that such consideration shall be secondary to the matters to be considered in subsections (2) and (3).

    (6)   In this section, "coming to a decision relating to the adoption of a child" in relation to a court includes—

      (a) coming to a decision in any proceedings other than those under Part IV of the Children Act 1989 where the orders that might be made by the court include an adoption order or placement order or the revocation of a placement order or an order dispensing with parental consent,

      (b) coming to a decision about granting leave in respect of any action which may be taken by an adoption agency or individual under this Act other than the initiation of proceedings in any court.'.


Provision of adoption support services for children brought into the United Kingdom
   

Tim Loughton
Mr Robert Walter
Mr Henry Bellingham
Mr Jonathan Djanogly
Mr Julian Brazier

NC3

To move the following Clause:—

    '(1)   In relation to a child brought into the United Kingdom for adoption where section 80 applies, each local authority must, at the request of—

      (a) the adopters or prospective adopters,

      (b) the child, or

      (c) any other person who falls within a description prescribed by regulations made under subection (3)

       carry out an assessment of that person's needs for adoption support services.

    (2)   Where, as a result of an assessment, a local authority decides that a person has needs for adoption support services under this section, they must then provide such services to that person.

    (3)   Regulations—

      (a) shall prescribe the upper limit of any fees charged by a local authority to any person who engages in the actions described in section 80, in relation to those actions,

      (b) may prescribe the persons to be included within subsection 1(c).'.


EXCERPT FROM THE ORDER OF THE HOUSE

Proceedings in Special Standing Committee

    3.—(1)   Proceedings in the Special Standing Committee shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion on Thursday 17th January 2002.

    (2)   Standing Order No. 91(1) (Special standing committees) shall apply with the omission of the word "morning".


ORDER OF THE COMMITTEE (27TH NOVEMBER)

       That—

      (1) during proceedings on the Adoption and Children Bill the Special Standing Committee do meet on Tuesdays at half-past Ten o'clock and at half-past Four o'clock and on Thursdays at half-past Nine o'clock and half-past Two o'clock;

      (2) 20 sittings in all shall be allotted to the consideration of the Bill by the Committee;

      (3) the proceedings to be taken on the sittings shall be as shown in the second column of the Table below and shall be taken in the order so shown;

      (4) the proceedings which under paragraph (3) are to be taken on any sitting shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion at the time specified in the third column of the Table;

      (5) paragraph (3) does not prevent proceedings being taken (in the order shown in the second column of the Table) at any earlier sitting that that provided for under paragraph (3) if previous proceedings have already been concluded.

TABLE

Sitting
Proceedings
Time for
conclusion of
proceedings

27th NovemberClause 1, Clauses 17 to 40 and Clauses 50 and 51
27th NovemberClause 1, Clauses 17 to 40 and Clauses 50 and 51
29th NovemberClauses 1, Clauses 17 to 40 and Clauses 50 and 5111.25 a.m.
29th NovemberClauses 41 to 49 and Clause 525 p.m.
4th DecemberClauses 94 to 99, Clauses 104 and 105
4th DecemberClauses 94 to 99, Clauses 104 and 1057 p.m.
6th DecemberClauses 63 to 7311.25 a.m.
6th DecemberClauses 80 to 87, Clause 120 and Clause 123
11th DecemberClauses 80 to 87, Clause 120 and Clause 1231 p.m.
11th DecemberClauses 2 to 16, Clauses 115 to 119 and Clause 122
13th DecemberClauses 2 to 16, Clauses 115 to 119 and Clause 122
13th DecemberClauses 2 to 16, Clauses 115 to 119 and Clause 122
18th DecemberClauses 2 to 16, Clauses 115 to 119 and Clause 1221 p.m.
18th DecemberClauses 53 to 62, Clause 74, Schedule 1, Clauses 75 and 76, Schedule 2, Clauses 77 to 79
10th JanuaryClauses 53 to 62, Clause 74, Schedule 1, Clauses 75 and 76, Schedule 2, Clauses 77 to 79
10th JanuaryClauses 53 to 62, Clause 74, Schedule 1, Clauses 75 and 76, Schedule 2, Clauses 77 to 795 p.m.
15th JanuaryClauses 88 to 93 and Clauses 113 and 1141 p.m.
15th JanuaryClauses 106 to 112, New Clauses and New Schedules relating to Part 2
17th JanuaryClauses 106 to 112, New Clauses and New Schedules relating to Part 211.25 a.m.
17th JanuaryClauses 100 to 103, Clause 121, Clause 124, Schedules 3 to 5, Clauses 125 to 132, Schedule 6, Clauses 133 to 135, remaining New Clauses and New Schedules5 p.m.


 
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