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

I agree. A year is quite a long time to prove one’s ability to care for somebody, and if the period were reduced to a year, that would simply mean that there was no requirement to apply for leave. A person would still have to justify in court that they were entitled to the order.

In conclusion, the new clause perhaps does not say either of those two things, and says something different, but I shall be interested in the Minister’s response on those two points about imbalance.