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

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Mr Secretary Milburn

277

Page     97,     line     12     [Schedule     4],     leave out '20 and' and insert '19 to'.

   

Mr Secretary Milburn

287

Page     97,     line     41     [Schedule     4],     at end insert—

'Restriction on bringing children into the United Kingdom


    7A (1) For section 56A of the Adoption Act 1976 there is substituted—

          "56A     Restriction on bringing children into the United Kingdom    (1)   This section applies where a person who is habitually resident in the British Islands (the "British resident")—

          (a) brings, or causes another to bring, a child who is habitually resident outside the British Islands into the United Kingdom for the purpose of adoption by the British resident, or

          (b) at any time brings, or causes another to bring, into the United Kingdom a child adopted by the British resident under an external adoption effected within the period of six months ending with that time.

        The references to adoption, or to a child adopted, by the British resident include a reference to adoption, or to a child adopted, by the British resident and another person.

          (2)   But this section does not apply if—

          (a) the adopters or (as the case may be) prospective adopters are natural parents, natural relatives or guardians of the child (or one of them is),

          (b) the British resident is a step-parent of the child,

          (c) the child is intended to be adopted under a Convention adoption order.

          (3)   An external adoption means an adoption, other than a Convention adoption, of a child effected under the law of any country or territory outside the British Islands, whether or not the adoption is—

          (a) an adoption within the meaning of Part IV of this Act, or

          (b) a full adoption (within the meaning of section 39(3A)).

          (4)   Regulations may require a person intending to bring, or to cause another to bring, a child into the United Kingdom in circumstances where this section applies—

          (a) to apply to an adoption agency (including an adoption agency within the meaning of section 1 of the Adoption (Scotland) Act 1978 or Article 3 of the Adoption (Northern Ireland) Order 1987) in the prescribed manner for an assessment of his suitability to adopt the child, and

          (b) to give the agency any information it may require for the purpose of the assessment.

          (5)   Regulations may require prescribed conditions to be met in respect of a child brought into the United Kingdom in circumstances where this section applies.

          (6)   In relation to a child brought into the United Kingdom for adoption in circumstances where this section applies, regulations may, in respect of a case where any requirements imposed by the regulations are not complied with, modify the reference to 13 weeks in section 13(1).

          (7)   If a person brings, or causes another to bring, a child into the United Kingdom at any time in circumstances where this section applies, he is guilty of an offence if—

          (a) he has not complied with any requirement imposed by virtue of subsection (4), or

          (b) any condition required to be met by virtue of subsection (5) is not met,

        before that time, or before any later time which may be prescribed.

          (8)   A person guilty of an offence under this section is liable—

          (a) on summary conviction to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months, or a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum, or both,

          (b) on conviction on indictment, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding twelve months, or a fine, or both.

          (9)   In this section, "prescribed" means prescribed by regulations and "regulations" means regulations made by the Secretary of State, after consultation with the National Assembly for Wales".

Advertising

    7B (1) In section 58 of the Adoption Act 1976 (restrictions on advertisements)—

            (a)   after subsection (1) there is inserted—

          "(1A)   Publishing an advertisement includes doing so by electronic means (for example, by means of the internet).",

            (b)   in subsection (2), for the words following "conviction" there is substituted "to imprisonment for a term not exceeding three months, or a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale, or both".

     7C In section 52 of the Adoption (Scotland) Act 1978 (restriction on advertisements)—

            (a)   after subsection (1) there is inserted—

          "(1A)   Publishing an advertisement includes doing so by electronic means (for example, by means of the internet).",

            (b)   in subsection (2), for the words following "conviction" there is substituted "to imprisonment for a term not exceeding three months, or a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale, or both".'


   

Mr Secretary Milburn

318

Page     98,     line     20     [Schedule     4],     at end insert—

'The Adoption (Scotland) Act 1978

     12A Paragraph 20B of Schedule 3 does not affect section 16 of the Adoption (Scotland) Act 1978 in its application in relation to a child who is the subject of an order under section 18 of the Adoption Act 1976.'


   

Mr Secretary Milburn

319

Page     99,     line     17     [Schedule     5],     at end insert—

'Adoption (Scotland) Act 1978 (c.28).Section 16(1)(a)(ii).
Section 52.
In section 53(2), the words "England and Wales or".
In section 65(1), in the definition of "order freeing a child for adoption", paragraph (a) and the word "and" immediately following that paragraph.'

   

Mr Secretary Milburn

65

Page     99,     line     18     [Schedule     5],     column 2, at beginning insert—

'In section 71(1) the words "(other than proceedings under the Adoption Act 1976)".
In section 71(2) the words following "(a) and (b)".'.
   

Mr Secretary Milburn

41

Page     99,     line     20     [Schedule     5],     column 2, at beginning insert 'In section 1(8), the words following "section 50"'.

   

Mr Secretary Milburn

267

Page     99,     line     40     [Schedule     5],     column 2, at end insert 'In section 26(2)(e) and (f), the words "to consider"'.


   

Mr Secretary Milburn

42

Page     100,     line     18     [Schedule     5],     column 2, at end insert 'Section 7(3).'

   

Mr Secretary Milburn

288

Page     100,     line     18     [Schedule 5] column 2, at end insert 'Section 14'.

   

Mr Secretary Milburn

268

Page     100,     line     29     [Schedule     5],     column 2, at beginning insert 'Section 12(5)(b) and the preceding "and"'.

   

Mr Secretary Milburn

289

Page     100,     line     30     [Schedule 5], at end insert—

'This Act.In Schedule 4, paragraphs 2A, 2B, 7A, 7B, and 7C.'
   

Mr Secretary Milburn

300

Page     100,     line     30     [Schedule 5], at end insert—

'This Act.]Section 84(3A).'.


   

Mr Secretary Milburn

234

Page     71,     line     32     [Clause     127],     at end insert—

    '( )   A statutory instrument containing regulations under section 61(2) made by the Scottish Ministers is to be subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of the Scottish Parliament.

    ( )   The power of the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to make regulations under section 61(2) is to be exercisable by statutory rule for the purposes of the Statutory Rules (Northern Ireland) Order 1979 (S.I. 1979/1573 (N.I. 12)); and any such regulations are to be subject to negative resolution within the meaning of section 41(6) of the Interpretation Act (Northern Ireland) 1954 as if they were statutory instruments within the meaning of that Act.'.


   

Mr Hilton Dawson
Mr Elfyn Llwyd

130

Page     72,     line     13     [Clause     128],     leave out from 'that' to end of line 14 and insert 'the person may attend and be heard.'.

   

Mr Secretary Milburn

226

Page     72,     line     32     [Clause     128],     leave out from '19' to end of line 33 and insert '(and has not withdrawn the consent) unless he has given a notice under subsection (4)(a) of that section which has effect'.

   

Mr Hilton Dawson

131

Page     72,     line     32     [Clause     128],     leave out from 'and' to 'at' in line 33 and insert 'who has not given notice under subsection (4) of that section.'.


   

Mr Secretary Milburn

91

Page     73,     line     3     [Clause     129],     at end insert 'or of Her Majesty to make an Order in Council by virtue of section 116'.

   

Mr Secretary Milburn

92

Page     73,     line     10     [Clause     129],     at end insert—

       'In relation to an Order in Council, "enactment" in this subsection includes an enactment comprised in, or in an instrument made under, an Act of the Scottish Parliament'.

   

Mr Secretary Milburn

235

Page     73,     line     26     [Clause     130],     at end insert—

    '( )   Proceedings for an offence alleged to have been committed under this Act by an unincorporated body are to be brought in the name of that body (and not in that of any of its members) and, for the purposes of any such proceedings in England and Wales or Northern Ireland, any rules of court relating to the service of documents have effect as if that body were a corporation.

    ( )   A fine imposed on an unincorporated body on its conviction of an offence under this Act is to be paid out of the funds of that body.

    ( )   If an unincorporated body is charged with an offence under this Act—

      (a) in England and Wales, section 33 of the Criminal Justice Act 1925 and Schedule 3 to the Magistrates' Courts Act 1980 (procedure on charge of an offence against a corporation);

      (b) in Northern Ireland, section 18 of the Criminal Justice Act (Northern Ireland) 1945 and Schedule 4 to the Magistrates' Courts (Northern Ireland) Order 1981 (procedure on charge of an offence against a corporation),

    have effect in like manner as in the case of a corporation so charged.'.

 
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