Clause 96 - Proceedings to be in private

Part of Adoption and Children Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 12:45 pm on 4 December 2001.

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Photo of Julian Brazier Julian Brazier Opposition Whip (Commons) 12:45, 4 December 2001

My hon. Friend has been characteristically generous in his reply by keeping it particular, but the intervention by the hon. Member for Sheffield, Heeley, was odd. On the strength of Government-commissioned research, Ministers have spoken out strongly against bad practice in agencies throughout the country, mostly local authorities. There is much good practice too, but many local authorities have been guilty of bad practice. The amendment seeks to address the question of why judges should be prevented from ever making the proceedings public.