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Amendment Paper as at
Thursday 10th January 2002

SPECIAL STANDING COMMITTEE


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ADOPTION AND CHILDREN BILL

NOTE

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

   

Jacqui Smith

202

Clause     56,     page     32,     line     33,     leave out 'or 55(4)'.


   

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

52

Clause     57,     page     32,     line     37,     leave out 'As soon as practicable after the making of an adoption order' and insert 'At the time of making'.


   

Jacqui Smith

203

Page     32,     line     36,     leave out Clause 57.


   

Jacqui Smith

204

Clause     58,     page     33,     line     10,     leave out from 'receive' to 'from' in line 11.

   

Jacqui Smith

205

Clause     58,     page     33,     line     11,     at end insert—

      '(a) the information within section 54(1A)(a), unless the High Court orders otherwise,

      (b) any prescribed information disclosed to the adopters by the agency by virtue of section [Disclosing information during adoption process].

    (2A)   The High Court may make an order under subsection (2)(a), on an application by the appropriate adoption agency, if satisfied that the circumstances are exceptional'.

   

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

6

Clause     58,     page     33,     line     15,     leave out subsection (4).

   

Jacqui Smith

206

Clause     58,     page     33,     line     16,     leave out 'or section 76 information'.

   

Jacqui Smith

207

Clause     58,     page     33,     line     17,     leave out subsections (5) and (6).

   

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

7

Clause     58,     page     33,     line     20,     leave out subsection (6).

   

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

191

Clause     58,     page     33,     line     23,     at end add—

    '(7)   The natural parents of an adopted person shall at any time have the right to deposit, with the adoption agency who acted on the related adoption, written or electronic material which is addressed to the adopted person contained in sealed form.

    (8)   Upon receipt of such material referred to in subsection (7), the adoption agency shall have a duty to retain such material in sealed form—

      (a) where the agency is made aware of the death of the adopted person, for a period of three years from the date of that death, or

      (b) in all other cases, for a period of 80 years from the date of receipt.

    (9)   Upon written request from the adopted person made at any time following his or her having attained the age of 18 years or, following the death of the adopted person, upon written request from a personal representative of the adopted person, the adoption agency must forthwith release such material to the adopted person or his or her personal representative as the case may be.

    (10)   At the conclusion of the relevant time periods referred to in subsection (8)(a) and (b), the local authority shall destroy any material depositied pursuant to subsection (7).'.

   

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

235

Clause     58,     page     33,     line     23,     at end add—

    '(7)   On attaining the age of 18 an adopted adult shall be formally notified by the appropriate adoption agency that he was adopted.'.


   

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).

   

Jacqui Smith

208

Page     33,     line     24,     leave out Clause 59


   

Jacqui Smith

212

Clause     61,     page     34,     leave out lines 31 to 33.

   

Jacqui Smith

213

Clause     61,     page     34,     line     34,     leave out from 'which' to end of line.

   

Jacqui Smith

214

Clause     61,     page     34,     leave out lines 36 to 38.

   

Jacqui Smith

215

Clause     61,     page     34,     line     43,     leave out 'object' and insert 'give their views as'.

   

Jacqui Smith

216

Clause     61,     page     34,     line     45,     leave out paragraph (b).

   

Jacqui Smith

217

Clause     61,     page     35,     line     14,     after '58', insert '[Disclosing protected information about adults] or [Disclosing protected information about children]'.

   

Jacqui Smith

209

Clause     61,     page     35,     line     15,     leave out 'or 59'.

   

Jacqui Smith

210

Clause     61,     page     35,     line     16,     leave out from 'person' to 'by' in line 17 and insert 'who (but for his adoption) would be related to him'.


   

Jacqui Smith

218

Clause     62,     page     35,     line     23,     at end insert 'or to information relating to his adoption'.

   

Jacqui Smith

211

Clause     62,     page     35,     line     45,     after 'fee' insert 'by virtue of section 61(7)'.


   

Jacqui Smith

219

Clause     74,     page     40,     line     14,     at end insert—

    '( )   The Adopted Children Register is not to be open to public inspection or search'.


   

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

239

Schedule     1,     page     76,     line     24,     leave out 'or' and insert 'and'.

   

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

240

Schedule     1,     page     77,     line     25,     leave out 'or' and insert 'and where appropriate'.

   

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

241

Schedule     1,     page     77,     line     28,     leave out 'as the case may be'.

   

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

242

Schedule     1,     page     78,     line     4,     leave out 'may' and insert 'must'.


   

Jacqui Smith

220

Clause     75,     page     40,     line     34,     leave out 'electronic'.

   

Jacqui Smith

221

Clause     75,     page     40,     line     36,     leave out from 'index' to end of line.

   

Jacqui Smith

222

Clause     75,     page     40,     leave out lines 38 to 41 and insert—

    '( )   But a person is not entitled to have a certified copy of an entry in the Adopted Children Register relating to an adopted person who has not attained the age of 18 years unless the applicant has provided the Registrar General with the prescribed particulars.

    "Prescribed" means prescribed by regulations made by the Registrar General with the approval of the Chancellor of the Exchequer'.


   

Jacqui Smith

223

Clause     76,     page     41,     line     11,     leave out from 'must' to 'traceable' and insert 'make'.

   

Jacqui Smith

224

Clause     76,     page     41,     line     15,     leave out 'The index' and insert 'Information kept by the Registrar General for the purposes of subsection (1)'.

   

Jacqui Smith

225

Clause     76,     page     41,     line     15,     at end insert—

       'and may only be disclosed in accordance with this section.

    ( )   In relation to a person adopted before the appointed day the court may, in exceptional circumstances, order the Registrar General to give such information to a person'.

   

Jacqui Smith

226

Clause     76,     page     41,     line     18,     leave out from 'must' to 'any' and insert 'give the agency'.

   

Jacqui Smith

227

Clause     76,     page     41,     line     22,     leave out from first 'the' to 'Schedule' in line 23 and insert 'appointed day'.

   

Jacqui Smith

228

Clause     76,     page     41,     line     36,      after 'section', insert—

'"appointed day" means the day appointed for the commencement of sections 53 to 62, [Disclosing protected information about adults] and [Disclosing protected information about children]'.


   

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

233

Schedule     2,     page     79,     line     47,     leave out from 'must' to end of line 2 on page 80 and insert 'inform the applicant that counselling services are available to the applicant as laid out in section 2(1), and strongly recommend that the applicant use these services before giving any information to an applicant'.

 
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