New clause 1 - Interviews with children

Part of Adoption and Children Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 4:00 pm on 17 January 2002.

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Photo of Meg Munn Meg Munn Labour/Co-operative, Sheffield, Heeley 4:00, 17 January 2002

Does the hon. Gentleman not accept that any person who wants such information to be disclosed can apply to the court, giving their reasons, and the court will give due consideration to those reasons? The papers are the property of the court in order to preserve the confidentiality that we would expect in those circumstances.