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Amendment Paper as at
Tuesday 18th December 2001

SPECIAL STANDING COMMITTEE


New Amendments handed in are marked thus *

ADOPTION AND CHILDREN BILL

NOTE

The Amendments have been arranged in accordance with the Order of the Committee [27th November].

   

Mr Robert Walter

3

Clause     11,     page     9,     line     9,     leave out 'prescribe' and insert 'recommend'.

   

Mr Robert Walter

4

Clause     11,     page     9,     line     16,     leave out 'prescribe' and insert 'recommend'.

   

Mr Robert Walter

5

Clause     11,     page     9,     line     18,     at end insert—

    '( )   Regulations under section 9 may prescribe the requirement for adoption agencies and local authorities to publish their fees.'.


   

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

139

Clause     12,     page     9,     line     25,     leave out 'Regulations under section 9 may establish' and insert 'There shall be established'.

   

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

58

Clause     12,     page     9,     line     25,     leave out 'may' and insert 'shall'.

   

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

59

Clause     12,     page     9,     line     29,     leave out subsection (2) and insert—

    '(2)   All determinations are qualifying determinations for the purposes of subsection (1).'.

   

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

87

Clause     12,     page     9,     line     29,     leave out 'must' and insert 'shall'.

   

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

138

Clause     12,     page     9,     line     30,     after 'subsection (1)', insert ', but shall in any event include determinations relating to:

      (a) the suitability of prospective adopters at the adoption panel stage;

      (b) the suitability of prospective adopters at the pre-adoption panel stage;

      (c) the supply of information concerning the child to any person including the child;

      (d) the costs and expenses relating to the adoption process;

      (e) the movement of the child between successive foster carers;

      (f) the suitability of a child for adoption with particular prospective adoptive parents;

      (g) the process of an adoption agency in its dealings with the child and prospective adoptive parents and natural parents, including delays;

      (h) the giving or withdrawal of parental consent;

      (i) assessing whether the child's views have been adequately considered;

      (j) the content of and access to the Adopted Children Register, Adoption Contact Register and the Adoption and Children Act Register;

      (k) the process of intercountry adoptions.'.

   

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

82

     Clause     12,     page     9,     line     31,     leave out 'may' and insert 'shall'.

   

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

83

     Clause     12,     page     9,     line     42,     at end insert—

      '(g) maximum time limits for convening a panel as required for each type of qualifying determination.'.

   

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

49

Clause     12,     page     9,     line     43,     after second 'an', insert 'independent'.

   

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

50

Clause     12,     page     9,     line     44,     after second 'the', insert 'independent'.

   

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

140

Clause     12,     page     10,     line     11,     at end add—

    '(9)   Subject to subsection (10), where, on application to a panel constituted by the appropriate Minister under this Act, the panel makes or refuses to make a decision, an appeal shall lie to the High Court.

    (10)   Where an application is made to a panel constituted by the appropriate Minister under this Act, and the panel considers that the matter is one which would more conveniently be dealt with by the High Court, the panel shall refuse to make a decision on the matter, and in that case no appeal shall lie to the High Court.

    (11)   In circumstances where an application to a panel concerns a child, then that child shall be a party to the proceedings of the panel unless the child has consented to waive his or her rights to be a party.

    (12)   Every person who is to be directly relevant to or affected by the decision of a panel shall be a party to the proceedings of the panel unless such a person has consented to waive his or her right to be a party.

    (13)   A panel shall be convened to review a qualifying determination not later than three months following a request by a person who was directly relevant or affected to or by the decision of the panel.

    (14)   The reasonable costs and expenses of the application to the panel or of any appeal to the High Court of the child and any organisation who is a party to such proceedings shall be paid by the appropriate Government Department.

    (15)   The reasonable costs and expenses of a successful application to the panel or of any successful appeal to the High Court of any person, other than a person set out in subsection (14), shall be paid by the appropriate Government Department.'.


   

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

92

Clause     13,     page     10,     line     31,     leave out 'may' and insert 'shall'.

   

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

93

Clause     13,     page     10,     line     32,     after 'section', insert 'and his department or any other government agency designated by him shall produce an annual report to Parliament detailing such statistics as are deemed relevant and reviewing progress made on the previous annual report.'.


   

Mr Henry Bellingham

182

Clause     14,     page     11,     line     2,     at end add—

    '(5)   In order to ensure a workable and just complaints procedure, a Children's Rights Commissioner for the United Kingdom will be appointed as soon as is practicable.'.


   

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

55

Clause     115,     page     65,     line     3,     leave out 'may' and insert 'shall'.

   

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

78

     Clause     115,     page     65,     line     9,     leave out 'may' and insert 'shall'.

   

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

89

Clause     115,     page     65,     line     9,     after 'disclosed', insert 'in each case within 1 month of suitability being ascertained.'.


   

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

192

Clause     122,     page     69,     line     1,     leave out subsections (2) and (3) and insert—

    '   In subsection (1) (payment of grants by the Secretary of State), for the words from "The Secretary of State" to the end there is substituted—

      "(a)   will pay grants to local authorities in England towards the expenditure incurred by them in providing an adequate level of such welfare services which will be determined jointly by the local authority and the Secretary of State, or

      (b)   in connection with any such welfare services."

       In subsection (2) (payment of grants by the Assembly), for the words from "The National Assembly for Wales" to the end there is substituted)—

      "(a)   will pay grants to local authorities in Wales towards the expenditure incurred by them in providing an adequate level of such welfare service which will be determined jointly by the local authority and the Assembly, or

      (b)   in connection with any such welfare services.".'.


   

Jacqui Smith

193

Clause     53,     page     31,     line     32,     at beginning insert 'In relation to an adopted person'.

   

Jacqui Smith

194

Clause     53,     page     31,     line     33,     leave out 'a person's' and insert 'his'.

   

Jacqui Smith

195

Clause     53,     page     31,     line     37,     leave out from 'information' to 'is' in line 38 and insert 'kept by an adoption agency by virtue of subsection (1)(a)'.

   

Mr Henry Bellingham

124

Clause     53,     page     31,     line     41,     at end add—

    '(4)   All records and other relevant information must be securely held by the relevant adoption agency on a permanent basis; furthermore, all such information must be passed on to any successor agency.'.


   

Jacqui Smith

196

Clause     54,     page     32,     line     6,     at end insert—

    '(1A)   Any information kept by an adoption agency—

      (a) which is necessary to enable the adopted person to obtain a certified copy of the record of his birth, or

      (b) which is information about an entry relating to the adopted person in the Adoption Contact Register,

    may only be disclosed to a person by the agency in pursuance of this group of sections'.

 
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