Adoption and Children Bill

– in a Public Bill Committee at on 18 December 2001.

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[Mr. George Stevenson in the Chair]

Photo of Tim Loughton Tim Loughton Shadow Spokesperson (Health) 4:30, 18 December 2001

On a point of order, Mr. Stevenson. You may be aware that the knife came down viciously again at the end of our previous sitting, leaving 10 clauses completely undebated, and the debate on one only partly finished. We were completely unable to consider with the part of the review panel that deals with the adoption register, and many other important areas.

This afternoon, we are starting on a completely different part of the Bill, for which the Government appear to be ill-equipped, given that many of their amendments are starred. Is there no way, within the terms of the programme resolution, that extra time could be given to those important parts of the Bill that we have had no opportunity to debate before we move to a part of the Bill on which the Government have performed a major U-turn at the 11th hour, so that they are not ready for their own amendments?

Photo of Mr George Stevenson Mr George Stevenson Labour, Stoke-on-Trent South

Whether the Government are prepared to present their case to the satisfaction of a Committee of the House is entirely a matter for them. I am advised that there is no scope to reconsider the programme resolution, and therefore I must consider the matter closed.Clause 53 Information to be kept about a person's adoption