New Clause 1 - Extended family: welfare checklist

Part of Children and Adoption Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee at 11:45 am on 21 March 2006.

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Photo of David Kidney David Kidney PPS (Mr Elliot Morley, Minister of State), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs 11:45, 21 March 2006

In his plea for compatibility between grandparents, kinship carers and others, does the hon. Gentleman have regard to the requirement that the   leave of the court needs to be given even before people can apply for a court order for a residence or special guardianship order? Is he aware that in the 2002 Act, foster carers now need only to have the child with them for one year before they apply without leave, whereas it is three years for grandparents and other kinship carers? Is he aware that proposed new clause 22, which I tabled but which was not selected for debate, deals with that point?