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 Mark Williams Mark Williams Shadow Minister (Wales) 11:45, 21 March 2006

I support the new clause moved by the hon. Member for Peterborough. One almost feels that, given the lack of wording mentioned by the hon. Member for Stafford, one is debating something that is not there. However, as far as the wording goes, I reiterate our support for the new clause, which seeks to recognise the growing and important role played by   the wider family in the life of a child. We all know that in this changing society grandparents and the wider family have a huge role to play, not just potentially in the 10 per cent. of cases with which the Bill deals. I hope that the financial injustice about which hon. Members have spoken and the perception that the system is biased and is not working in favour of grandparents can be addressed, whether by the new clause or at a later stage.