Oral Answers to Questions — Child Adoption.

– in the House of Commons on 14th July 1931.

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Photo of Mr Harry Day Mr Harry Day , Southwark Central

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asked the Minister of Health whether his attention has been called to the necessity of some further system of registration with local authorities with reference to the adoption and boarding-out of children; and will he consider the introduction of amending legislation which will have as its object the immediate and compulsory registration of any child by the person receiving it for adoption or boarding-out, and the conferment upon local authorities of the power to sanction or withhold permission for any transference or proposed transference of such child to another party?

Photo of Miss Arabella Lawrence Miss Arabella Lawrence , East Ham North

My right hon. Friend has not received any recent representations on this subject, but I may draw my hon. Friend's attention to the third and final report of the Child Adoption Committee in which this matter is dealt with. The question will be considered in connection with any legislation for the amendment of the Children Act.

Photo of Mr Harry Day Mr Harry Day , Southwark Central

Can the hon. Lady say whether her attention has been, drawn to any cases where children have been transferred once and even twice during 48 hours?

Photo of Miss Arabella Lawrence Miss Arabella Lawrence , East Ham North

Not recently, but I would again refer my hon. Friend to the report.