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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 4:30 pm on 16th May 2002.

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Photo of Gary Streeter Gary Streeter Vice-Chair, Conservative Party 4:30 pm, 16th May 2002

I respect the hon. Gentleman greatly for the work that he has done on this matter, although, like my hon. Friend Mr. Leigh, I do not necessarily share his beliefs. He has done a terrific job, however, and is making a very good speech. Reference has been made to hard-to-adopt children, particularly boys of five, six and seven. What evidence does he have that if his amendment is passed into law, a queue of unmarried couples will want those hard-to-adopt children?