Clause 2 - Basic definitions

Part of Adoption and Children Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 4:30 pm on 11 December 2001.

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Photo of Tim Loughton Tim Loughton Shadow Spokesperson (Health) 4:30, 11 December 2001

That is yet another complication. I am sure that we all know of cases in which such sums are taken into account in calculations that are already extremely complicated. There seems to be an anomaly in the system that militates against the Bill's aim, which is to promote adoption, make it more attractive, and make more people able to undertake the commitment that it involves. All the good intentions in the Bill will count for nothing unless the whole system of adoption is properly resourced. That means resourcing allowances for parents who have taken on that commitment.