Clause 84 - Modification of section 64 for convention adoptions

Part of Adoption and Children Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 11:30 am on 11 December 2001.

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Photo of Jacqui Smith Jacqui Smith Minister of State, Department of Health 11:30, 11 December 2001

I had jumped ahead. I understand that ''freely'', in the context given by the hon. Gentleman, means that the consent has not been encouraged through the offering of rewards or coerced using force. However, his point about the nature of consent given in such circumstances is important. We had a lengthy discussion on the conditions surrounding the giving and witnessing of consent in relation to domestic adoptions. It might be appropriate for me to write to the hon. Gentleman outlining what similar conditions we would expect to govern consent in relation to intercountry adoptions.