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Clause 41 — Child to live with adopters before application

Part of Orders of the Day — Adoption and Children Bill — [2nd Allotted Day] – in the House of Commons at 3:23 pm on 16th May 2002.

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Photo of Jonathan R Shaw Jonathan R Shaw Labour, Chatham and Aylesford 3:23 pm, 16th May 2002

Certainly the most desirable adoptive arrangement is for the child to have a mother and a father who are married, but does the hon. Gentleman agree that in other circumstances it may well be in the child's best interests to be adopted according to other arrangements?