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Amendment Paper as at
Wednesday 20th March 2002

CONSIDERATION OF BILL


ADOPTION AND CHILDREN BILL, AS AMENDED

The Amendments have been arranged in accordance with the Programme Motion to be moved by Mr Robin Cook.

   

Dr Liam Fox
Tim Loughton
Mr Oliver Heald
Mr Simon Burns
David Maclean

6

Page     4,     line     24     [Clause     4],     after 'needs', insert 'or needs of connected persons'.

   

Dr Liam Fox
Tim Loughton
Mr Oliver Heald
Mr Simon Burns
David Maclean

7

Page     4,     line     30     [Clause     4],     leave out from 'services', to end of line 31 and insert 'the local authority has the duty to provide suitable services to that person.'.

   

Dr Liam Fox
Tim Loughton
Mr Oliver Heald
Mr Simon Burns
David Maclean

3

Page     4,     line     30     [Clause     4],     leave out 'decide whether to'.

   

Dr Liam Fox
Tim Loughton
Mr Oliver Heald
Mr Simon Burns
David Maclean

4

Page     4,     line     31     [Clause     4],     after 'person', insert 'and provide a written explanation of their reasons if those support services will not be forthcoming'.


   

Dr Liam Fox
Tim Loughton
Mr Oliver Heald
Mr Simon Burns
David Maclean

5

Page     5,     line     9     [Clause     4],     after 'conditions', insert 'and provide for a review of a decision not to provide adoption support services,'.


   

Mr Secretary Milburn

48

Page     7,     line     42     [Clause     9],     after '12' insert '52'.


   

Mr Secretary Milburn

43

Page     9,     line     7     [Clause     10],     leave out 'fee of a prescribed amount' and insert 'prescribed fee'.

   

Dr Liam Fox
Tim Loughton
Mr Oliver Heald
Mr Simon Burns
David Maclean

22

Page     9,     line     31     [Clause     12],     leave out subsection (1) and insert—

    '(1)   Regulations under section 9 may establish a procedure under which any person in respect of whom a determination has been made by an adoption agency may apply to an organisation or panel, independent of any local authority or voluntary adoption agency but approved by the appropriate Minister for a review of that determination.'.


   

Dr Liam Fox
Tim Loughton
Mr Oliver Heald
Mr Simon Burns
David Maclean

23

Page     10,     line     40     [Clause     14],     leave out subsection (1) and insert—

    '(1)   If as a result of an independent review any local authority is found to have failed, without reasonable cause, to comply with any of the duties imposed on them by virtue of this Act, the appropriate Minister may make an order declaring that authority to be in default in respect of that duty.'.


   

Mr Secretary Milburn

34

Page     11,     line     1     [Clause     14],     after 'Act' insert 'or of section 1 or 2(4) of the Adoption (Intercountry Aspects) Act 1999'.


NEW CLAUSES RELATING TO THE ADOPTION AND CHILDREN ACT REGISTER

Use of an organisation as agency for payments

   

Mr Secretary Milburn

NC8

To move the following Clause:—

    '(1)   An Order under section 116 may authorise an organisation with which an arrangement is made under section 117 to act as agent for the payment or receipt of sums payable by adoption agencies to other adoption agencies and may require adoption agencies to pay or receive such sums through the organisation.

    (2)   The organisation is to perform the functions exercisable by virtue of this section in accordance with any directions given by the Secretary of State; and the directions may be of general application (or general application in any part of Great Britain) or be special directions.

    (3)   An exercise of the Secretary of State's power to give directions under subsection (2) requires the agreement of the Scottish Ministers (if any payment agency provision applies to Scotland) and of the Assembly (if any payment agency provision applies to Wales)'.


Territorial application

   

Mr Secretary Milburn

NC9

To move the following Clause:—

    '(1)   In this group of sections, "adoption agency" means—

      (a) a local authority in England,

      (b) a registered adoption society, where the registration authority is the National Care Standards Commission.

    (2)   An Order under section 116 may provide for any requirements imposed on adoption agencies in respect of the register to apply—

      (a) to Scottish local authorities and to voluntary organisations providing a registered adoption service,

      (b) to local authorities in Wales and to registered adoption societies, where the registration authority is the Assembly,

       and, in relation to the register, references to adoption agencies in this group of sections include any authorities or societies mentioned in paragraphs (a) and (b) to which an Order under that section applies those requirements.

    (3)   For the purposes of this group of sections, references to the register applying to Scotland or Wales are to those requirements applying as mentioned in paragraph (a) or, as the case may be, (b) of subsection (2).

    (4)   An Order under section 116 may apply any provision made by virtue of section [Use of an organisation as agency for payments]—

      (a) to Scottish local authorities and to voluntary organisations providing a registered adoption service,

      (b) to local authorities in Wales and to registered adoption societies, where the registration authority is the Assembly.

    (5)   For the purposes of this group of sections, references to any payment agency provision applying to Scotland or Wales are to provision made by virtue of section [Use of an organisation as agency for payments] applying as mentioned in paragraph (a) or, as the case may be, (b) of subsection (4)'.


   

Mr Secretary Milburn

68

Page     66,     line     13     [Clause     116],     leave out from beginning to 'establish' and insert 'Her Majesty may by Order in Council make provision for the Secretary of State to'.

   

Mr Secretary Milburn

69

Page     66,     line     20     [Clause     116],     leave out subsections (2) and (3) and insert—

    '(2A)   For the purpose of giving assistance in finding persons with whom children may be placed for purposes other than adoption, an Order under this section may —

      (a) provide for the register to contain information about such persons and the children who may be placed with them, and

      (b) apply any of the other provisions of this group of sections (that is, this section, sections 117 to 120, section [Use of an organisation as agency for payments] and section [Territorial application]) with or without modifications'.

   

Mr Secretary Milburn

70

Page     66,     line     31     [Clause     116],     leave out 'Regulations' and insert 'An Order under this section'.

   

Mr Secretary Milburn

71

Page     66,     line     33     [Clause     116],     leave out subsection (6).

   

Mr Secretary Milburn

72

Page     66,     line     38     [Clause     117],     leave out 'with the Assembly's agreement'.

   

Mr Secretary Milburn

73

Page     66,     line     39     [Clause     117],     leave out 'his function' and insert 'any function of his under an Order under section 116'.


   

Mr Secretary Milburn

74

Page     67,     line     3     [Clause     117],     leave out subsection (3).

   

Mr Secretary Milburn

75

Page     67,     line     9     [Clause     117],     leave out from 'any' to end of line 14 and insert 'directions given by the Secretary of State and the directions may be of general application (or general application in any part of Great Britain) or be special directions.

    ( )   An exercise of the Secretary of State's powers under subsection (1) or (4) requires the agreement of the Scottish Ministers (if the register applies to Scotland) and of the Assembly (if the register applies to Wales).

    ( )   References in this group of sections to the registration organisation are to any organisation for the time being performing functions in respect of the register by virtue of arrangements under this section'.

   

Mr Secretary Milburn

76

Page     67,     line     16     [Clause     118],     leave out 'Regulations' and insert 'An Order under section 116'.

   

Mr Secretary Milburn

77

Page     67,     line     19     [Clause     118],     leave out 'regulations' and insert 'the Order'.

   

Mr Secretary Milburn

78

Page     67,     line     21     [Clause     118],     leave out 'Regulations' and insert 'An Order under section 116'.

   

Mr Secretary Milburn

79

Page     67,     line     22     [Clause     118],     leave out from 'a' to second 'to' and insert 'prescribed fee'.

   

Mr Secretary Milburn

80

Page     67,     line     35     [Clause     119],     leave out from 'disclosed' to 'or' in line 42 and insert 'under subsection (2) or (3).

    (2)   Prescribed information entered in the register may be disclosed by the Secretary of State or the registration organisation—

      (a) where an adoption agency is acting on behalf of a child who is suitable for adoption, to the agency to assist in finding prospective adopters with whom it would be appropriate for the child to be placed,

      (b) where an adoption agency is acting on behalf of prospective adopters who are suitable to adopt a child, to the agency to assist in finding a child appropriate for adoption by them.

    (3)   Prescribed information entered in the register, or compiled from information entered in the register, may be disclosed by the Secretary of State or the registration organisation to any prescribed person for use for statistical or research purposes, or for other prescribed purposes.

    (3A)   An Order under section 116 may prescribe the steps to be taken by adoption agencies in respect of information received by them by virtue of subsection (2).

    (3B)   Subsection (1) does not apply —

      (a) to a disclosure of information with the authority of the Secretary of State, or

      (b) to a disclosure by the registration authority of prescribed information to the Scottish Ministers (if the register applies to Scotland) or the Assembly (if the register applies to Wales).

    (3C)   Information disclosed to any person under subsection (2)'.

 
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