Clause 82 - Restriction on taking children out

Part of Adoption and Children Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 11:00 am on 11 December 2001.

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Photo of Jacqui Smith Jacqui Smith Minister of State, Department of Health 11:00, 11 December 2001

I always enjoy it when Opposition Members argue in favour of our increasing the significance of Europe as opposed to the Commonwealth. I will correct myself if I am wrong, but I suspect that ''European Union citizen'' does not have the legal strength of ''Commonwealth citizen'' and would not imply the protection that we are trying to achieve under clause 82. If the hon. Gentleman were arguing for a shift of focus away from the Commonwealth towards Europe, that would be interesting.