moved Amendment No. 117:
After Clause 108, insert the following new Clause—
"Court's power of direction: child welfare
(1) Where a person aged under 18 comes before the court, in circumstances in which a question may arise with respect to the welfare of that person, the court may direct the appropriate authority to undertake an investigation of the circumstances of that person.
(2) If the court decides to direct an investigation, the provisions of section 37 (sections 2 to 6) of the Children Act 1989 (c. 41) shall apply.
(3) Pending the investigation by the local authority concerned, the case of the person before the court shall be adjourned.
(4) Upon receiving the information from the local authority concerned, the court shall decide whether to hear the case or dismiss the summons or adjourn the case generally."