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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 Ann Widdecombe Ann Widdecombe Conservative, Maidstone and The Weald 4:30 pm, 16th May 2002

The hon. Gentleman does not even measure up to an 11-plus standard of debate.

I should like to address the very serious issues raised by the hon. Member for Wakefield. First and foremost, we should be seeking to give any child, but particularly an adoptive child who has already suffered considerable instability and may be very vulnerable, security and stability. It is only by maintaining the current law and by making it the norm that adoption is undertaken by married couples that security and stability can be achieved.