Clause 12 - Imposition of extra conditions in certain cases

Part of Children and Adoption Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee at 12:00 pm on 14 March 2006.

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Photo of Tim Loughton Tim Loughton Shadow Minister (Children) 12:00, 14 March 2006

I understand what the Minister is saying, but what is to prevent the Cambodian equivalent of Mr. and Mrs. Smith from bringing young Johnny Smith into Britain on a holiday visa and then offloading the child to a private fosterer? This law will not prevent that child from coming into this country, whether or not the other country is on a banned list. It applies only if that is explicitly for the purpose of furthering an adoption. If the people merely arrive, say “We’re on holiday” and disappear, this legislation would not apply. Is my understanding right?