ANNEX A - Access to information about a person's adoption - Introduction

Adoption and Children Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at on 20 November 2001.

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1. The Bill includes new provisions governing the disclosure to adopted people of background information held by the adoption agency in connection with their adoption, the disclosure of identifying information and for access to their birth records. The provisions also cover the disclosure by the adoption agency of information to birth relatives and others. Many of these provisions are new, and the Government would welcome views on whether it has achieved the right balance.

2. This annex briefly describes the:

—current position

—provisions as set out in the Bill as introduced in March

—changes made in the new Bill