Clause 92 - Excepted payments

Part of Adoption and Children Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 11:30 am on 15 January 2002.

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Photo of Robert Walter Robert Walter Conservative, North Dorset 11:30, 15 January 2002

I am grateful to the Minister for running through the possible exceptions. She described them several times as reasonable payments. I referred to clause 11. Fees would be reasonable payments, but surely there should be a requirement for transparency. Adoptive parents should not feel in danger of being hit with a bill for what some official or adoption agency thinks is a reasonable payment, but which is totally unexpected and which they might find difficult to pay. Within the context of the clause, I suggest that the

Secretary of State or the adoption societies should be required to give potential adoptive parents some idea of the likely costs under the clause.