Clause 4 - Assessments etc. for adoption support services

Part of Adoption and Children Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 6:45 pm on 11 December 2001.

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Photo of Robert Walter Robert Walter Conservative, North Dorset 6:45, 11 December 2001

I want to make a related point without returning to this morning's discussions about geographical definitions. The Bill relates to England and Wales. In Wales, the Children's Commissioner for Wales has a certain advocacy role. Just by chance I happen to have the Children's Commissioner for Wales Act 2001 in front of me. Section 4(5) refers to

''complaints or representations made to the person by or on behalf of a child about services provided in Wales to or in respect of the child.''

Does the Minister envisage that the Children's Commissioner will have a role to play in this context?