Clause 62 - Interpretation

Part of Adoption and Children Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 4:45 pm on 10 January 2002.

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Photo of Jacqui Smith Jacqui Smith Minister of State, Department of Health 4:45, 10 January 2002

The Registrar-General charges individuals a fee. The hon. Gentleman continues to mention the charging of adoption agencies by the Registrar-General, although I understand his point. However, it is necessary to ensure that costs are recovered. The important principle is that adopted people should not be charged for information made available to them. The intricacies of the cost structures of adoption agencies should not be discussed under the amendment or, perhaps, in this Committee. However, I heard the hon. Gentleman's point and I am sure that Treasury Ministers will also hear it.