Clause 10 - Review

Part of Children and Adoption Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee at 11:45 am on 14 March 2006.

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Photo of Tim Loughton Tim Loughton Shadow Minister (Children) 11:45, 14 March 2006

No amendments have been listed for debate under this clause, although amendment No. 43 to the clause was debated under clause 9.

I touched on the subject of review, and asked the Minister to elaborate on when a final order would be made to ban a country, and whether it would apply to people who had started the adoption process for a child in the then-to-be banned country. I also asked how quickly a decision to remove a country from the list would come into effect. Would someone who had started the adoption process and effectively had to suspend it, but who was prepared to carry on goodness knows how many years later, be able to continue, or would they have to go back to first base and start all over again?

We come back to the lack of detail in the Bill and the accompanying notes on the mechanics of how things should work. I hate to put the Minister on the spot again, given her condition this morning—she is performing bravely—but we need more information, and it was not provided in the other place.