Clause 134 - Extent

Part of Adoption and Children Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 3:45 pm on 17 January 2002.

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Photo of Jacqui Smith Jacqui Smith Minister of State, Department of Health, Minister of State (Department of Health) 3:45, 17 January 2002

I beg to move amendment No. 267, in page 74, line 3, at end insert—

'( ) So far as relating to provisions extending to Scotland, section 124 extends also to Scotland.

( ) In Schedule 4, paragraph 15 extends only to Scotland'.

Clause 134 defines the extent of the Bill. The majority of the Bill applies to England and Wales. In addition, the provisions listed at subsection (3) also extend to Scotland and Northern Ireland. This is a technical amendment, which seeks to correct a small error in the final provisions of the Bill. The amendment amends clause 134 in so far as the provisions in schedules 3, 4 and 5 extend to Scotland and clause 124 introduces schedules 3, 4 and 5 of the Bill. The second new subsection provides for paragraph 15 of schedule 4 to extend to Scotland only. Paragraph 15 of schedule 4 enables the provisions for parental responsibility orders in the Children (Scotland) Act 1995 to apply to a case in which a child has been freed for adoption or is the subject of an order made under section 55 of the Adoption Act 1976, where the application for the freeing order or the section 55 order is made before the 1976 Act is repealed. Section 55 of the 1976 Act provides for the transfer of parental responsibility prior to adoption abroad. I hope that, in light of this explanation, hon. Members will feel able to accept the amendment.

Amendment agreed to.

Clause 134, as amended, ordered to stand part of the Bill.