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

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Mr Secretary Milburn

105

Page     62,     [Clause     111],     leave out lines 20 to 22 and insert 'any person to whom they may provide special guardianship support services'.


   

Mr Hilton Dawson

132

Page     63,     line     5     [Clause     112],     at end insert—

    '(1B)   Regulations may be made by the Secretary of State requiring the local authority to arrange for the appointment of an independent advocate on receiving representations under subsection (1).'.

   

Mr Hilton Dawson

133

Page     63,     line     27     [Clause     112],     at end insert—

    '(3C)   Regulations may be made by the Secretary of State requiring the local authority to provide independent advocacy to looked after children who make a complaint under the Children Act 1989.'.


NEW CLAUSES RELATING TO THE REMAINDER OF PART 1

Right to obtain information: adult siblings

   

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

NC1

To move the following Clause:—

    '(1)   Adult siblings by birth of adopted adults who have been adopted at any time from the enactment of the Adoption Act 1926 shall have the right to make an application to an adoption agency, as specified in regulations, to obtain the information under section 77 relating to his relative who was adopted.

    (2)   The agency shall make enquiries as necessary to establish the views of the adopted person concerning the disclosure of information to the relative.

    (3)   The information applied for shall be supplied by the agency to the applicant unless either—

      (a) the adopted person has refused consent to the disclosure , or

      (b) the agency obtains an order from the High Court which authorises the agency not to disclose the information requested.

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


Adoption by unmarried couples

   

Dr Evan Harris
Sandra Gidley
Dr Richard Taylor
Mr Elfyn Llwyd
Jeremy Corbyn
Mr Tony McWalter

NC2

To move the following Clause:—

    '(1)   An adoption order may not be granted on the application of an unmarried couple unless the court is satisfied—

      (a) that both of the applicants are over the age of twenty-one;

      (b) for the period of 2 years ending with the date of the application, the partners have lived in the same household (otherwise than merely by reason of one of them being the other's employee, tenant, lodger or boarder); and

      (c) that the applicants are not close relatives of each other.

    (2)   "Close relative", in relation to any person, means his grandparents, parents, children, step-children, uncles and aunts, nephews and nieces, brothers and sisters and step-brothers and step-sisters.

    (3)   In relation to any application made under this section, the court may take into consideration the arrangements which the applicants have made, or intend to make in order to safeguard the welfare of the child involved, should their relationship break down.'.


Adoption orders: unmarried couples

   

Mr David Hinchliffe
Mr Andrew Lansley
Mr Elfyn Llwyd
Mr Jonathan R. Shaw
Mr Tony McWalter
Virginia Bottomley

NC3

To move the following Clause:—

    '(1)   An adoption order may be made on the application of an unmarried couple where both members of the couple have attained the age of 21 years.

    (2)   An adoption order may be made on the application by an unmarried couple if the court is satisfied

      (a) that they have been living together for at least two years at time of application,

      (b) that the relationship between the couple is stable and is intended by each of them to be permanent, and

      (c) that the unmarried couple has made arrangements to safeguard the financial and practical security of the child in the event of the ending of their relationship and to meet their joint and individual parental responsibilities.'.


Disclosure of information regarding a person's adoption
   

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

NC4

To move the following Clause:—

    '(1)   This section shall apply only to an adopted person who has attained the age of 18 years.

    (2)   The appropriate adoption agency shall have a duty to inform an adopted person that he was adopted, subject to the regulations referred to in subsection (3).

    (3)   Regulations may prescribe—

      (a) the method by which adoption agencies shall discharge the duty described in subsection (2), and

      (b) any categories of adopted persons to whom the duty subscribed in subsection (2) shall not apply.'.


Adoption at birth or within three months thereafter

   

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

NC5

To move the following Clause:—

    '(1)   Where an adoption agency is satisfied that each parent or guardian of a child has consented to the child being placed for adoption at birth, the adoption agency must place that child as soon as is practicable with the prospective adopters, with due regard to the birth-parents' rights to alter arrangements within time limits which shall be specified by regulations.

    (2)   Subject to subsection (3), where a local authority is satisfied that the parent's or guardian's consent should be dispensed with, it may place the child with the prospective adopters without first obtaining a placement order, but it shall have a duty to apply for a placement order as soon as is practicable thereafter.

    (3)   Subjection (2) shall only apply to children under the age of three months.'.


   

Mr Secretary Milburn

26

Page     2,     line     5     [Clause     1],     after 'harm', insert '(within the meaning of the Children Act 1989)'.

   

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

1

Page     2,     line     19     [Clause     1],     after 'background', insert ', subject to the proviso that such consideration shall be secondary to the matters to be considered in subsections (2) and (3).'.


   

Mr Hilton Dawson

108

Page     12,     line     19     [Clause     17],     leave out 'section 18 or'.


   

Mr Hilton Dawson

109

Page     13,     line     1,     leave out Clause 18.

   

Mr Hilton Dawson

110

Page     13,     line     23     [Clause     19],     leave out from 'the' to 'may' in line 24 and insert 'making of a placement order under section 20'.

   

Mr Hilton Dawson

111

Page     13,     line     35     [Clause     19],     leave out 'wishes' and insert 'does not wish'.


   

Mr Hilton Dawson

112

Page     14,     line     8     [Clause     20],     at end insert 'or

      (c) each parent or guardian consents to the making of the order.'.

   

Mr Hilton Dawson

113

Page     14,     line     9     [Clause     20],     after 'order', insert 'under paragraphs (a) and (b) of subsection (2)'.

   

Mr Hilton Dawson

114

Page     14,     line     11     [Clause     20],     leave out paragraph (a).

   

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

20

Page     14,     line     17     [Clause     20],     leave out 'section 23' and insert 'sections 23 and 34(1) and (2)'.

   

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

21

Page     14,     line     29     [Clause     21],     at end insert 'or—

      (e) the child has been returned to them due to the circumstances of section 34(1) and (2).'.


   

Mr Hilton Dawson

116

Page     15,     line     33     [Clause     23],     leave out 'each of the following conditions' and insert 'the following condition'.

   

Mr Hilton Dawson

115

Page     15,     line     36     [Clause     23],     leave out paragraphs (b) and (c).


   

Mr Hilton Dawson

117

Page     16,     line     5     [Clause     24],     leave out paragraph (a).

   

Mr Hilton Dawson

119

Page     16,     line     14,     leave out Clause 25.


   

Mr Hilton Dawson

120

Page     17,     line     5     [Clause     26],     leave out subsections (1), (2) and (3).

   

Mr Hilton Dawson

121

Page     17,     line     31     [Clause     26],     leave out subsection (5).


   

Mr Hilton Dawson

118

Page     18,     line     5,     leave out Clause 28.

   

Mr Hilton Dawson

123

Page     18,     line     20     [Clause     29],     leave out from 'is' to 'a' in line 21 and insert 'subject to a placement order'.

   

Mr Hilton Dawson

128

Page     18,     line     21     [Clause     29],     leave out 'the prospective adopters' and insert 'any placement made by the adoption agency.'.

 
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