Clause 41 - Child to live with adopters before application

Part of Adoption and Children Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 2:45 pm on 29 November 2001.

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Photo of Jacqui Smith Jacqui Smith Minister of State, Department of Health 2:45, 29 November 2001

My reading of the amendments tabled by the hon. Member for North Dorset is that he is arguing that the time that the child has to spend with prospective adoptive parents before an application for an adoption order can be made should in all circumstances be 13 weeks. The amendment provides precisely that, in every circumstance, the period of time should be the same.