Mr. Robert Hughes:
As I did not serve on the Standing Committee, I simply seek an assurance from the Minister that the new clause will end as quickly as possible the problems of cross-border custody. I hope that it covers that problem as there have been cases where court orders in England and Wales have either not been recognised in Scotland or the other way round. It is important that, where custody orders are granted, they are put into effect as speedily as possible so that the parent with custody gets the child back if it has been illegally taken across the border. If the Minister can assure me that the problem is covered in the new clause or elsewhere, I shall be happy to leave matters as they stand.
Clause 28, as drafted, does not wholly meet our objectives as it does not provide in all cases for the transfer of a child who moves to or from another jurisdiction within the United Kingdom. It would allow the transfer of welfare cases but would not—this is the problem—include cases where the principal reason for the child being subject to a supervision requirement is that he or she has committed an offence. The new clause covers all the cases that could arise when a child moves. I hope that that meets the hon. Gentleman's point.
Question put and agreed to.
Clause read a Second time, and added to the Bill.