Clause 4 - Inquiries initiated by the Commissioner

Part of Children Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee at 2:30 pm on 14th October 2004.

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Photo of Julie Morgan Julie Morgan Labour, Cardiff North 2:30 pm, 14th October 2004

I, too, am extremely disappointed that the Minister indicated that there will be no further study of the proposals, nor any further effort made to reach an agreement by which all the people involved in the different countries can come together. It would be simple to devise a solution that satisfied everyone. The proposals as they stand are disappointing.

In general, I think that the Bill is good, and I want to rejoice with everyone else about it. However, it is a shame that there could not have been more flexibility over these issues, so that a solution could be reached which satisfied people in Wales in particular. I intend to support the Government's amendments, which, where they insert ''in England'', improve the situation by making it much clearer. However, I want to register my strong feeling that Government new clause 27 will make the situation for Welsh children confusing and will not be a step forward.

Amendment agreed to.

Amendments made: No. 177, in

clause 4, page 3, line 39, at end insert—

'(6A) Where the Children's Commissioner has published a report under this section containing recommendations in respect of any person exercising functions under any enactment, he may require that person to state in writing, within such period as the

Commissioner may reasonably require, what action the person has taken or proposes to take in response to the recommendations.'

No. 178, in

clause 4, page 3, line 41, leave out from 'section' to 'with' in line 42.

No. 13, in

clause 4, page 4, line 1, leave out subsections (8) and (9).—[Mr. Touhig.]

Clause 4, as amended, ordered to stand part of the Bill.