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Public Bill Committee: Adoption and Children Bill: Clause 133 - Commencement (17 Jan 2002)

Robert Walter: The Minister referred to the provisions coming into effect once the Hague convention had been ratified. When is that likely?

Public Bill Committee: Adoption and Children Bill: Clause 129 - General interpretation, etc. (17 Jan 2002)

Robert Walter: I beg to move amendment No. 271, in page 73, line 8, leave out subsection (2) and insert— '(2) In determining for the purposes of this Act with what person, or where a child's home is or a child is placed— (a) any absence of the child at a hospital or boarding school and any other temporary absence, and (b) where the applicants for adoption are a married couple, any absence of one...

Public Bill Committee: Adoption and Children Bill: Clause 129 - General interpretation, etc. (17 Jan 2002)

Robert Walter: The Minister has answered one of my points, and I answered another myself—the one about a child being placed for adoption in the normal way by an adoption agency. However, unless she was about to come to it, and I sensed that she was not, she failed to answer the point about clause 41(4). It states: ''If the applicants are local authority foster parents, the condition is that the child must...

Public Bill Committee: Adoption and Children Bill: Clause 129 - General interpretation, etc. (17 Jan 2002)

Robert Walter: I thank the Minister. Of course, if I am not reassured by what the Minister tells me later, we may be able to revisit the matter. In the light of what has been said, I beg to ask leave to withdraw the amendment. Amendment, by leave, withdrawn. Clause 129 ordered to stand part of the Bill. Clauses 130 to 132 ordered to stand part of the Bill. Schedule 6 agreed to.

Public Bill Committee: Adoption and Children Bill: Clause 125 - Orders, rules and regulations (17 Jan 2002)

Robert Walter: I thank the Minister for her explanations, especially about Orders in Council. She rightly pointed out that they relate only to clause 123. I think that I was right to table the amendments, because I am concerned about consistency of practice in adoption law across the UK. I do not want to reopen the devolution debate, and I do not think that the Committee is the appropriate place in which...

Public Bill Committee: Adoption and Children Bill: Clause 125 - Orders, rules and regulations (17 Jan 2002)

Robert Walter: I beg to move amendment No. 274, in page 70, line 4, leave out subsection 4.

Public Bill Committee: Adoption and Children Bill: Clause 125 - Orders, rules and regulations (17 Jan 2002)

Robert Walter: One might describe these as probing amendments, as part of my pursuit of joined-up government in these islands. The amendments come out of one part of my experience as a shadow Minister, dealing with one part of the kingdom, Wales. These Orders in Council—statutory instruments—can be passed in Westminster, or in the Scottish Parliament or the National Assembly for Wales. The Bill goes on...

Public Bill Committee: Adoption and Children Bill: New clause 12 - Parental contact with children after (17 Jan 2002)

Robert Walter: I am conscious of the time, Mr. Stevenson. I simply say that the Opposition welcome the new clause.

Public Bill Committee: Adoption and Children Bill: New clause 9 - Registration of private foster parents (17 Jan 2002)

Robert Walter: I want to intervene in the debate briefly, as a member of the Select Committee on Health when it produced its report on looked-after children. At that stage, we were considering Sir William Utting's report, which highlighted the problem. I have tremendous sympathy with those who have proposed the new clause. My concern, which has to some extent been reflected by the comments made by my...

Public Bill Committee: Adoption and Children Bill: New clause 9 - Registration of private foster parents (17 Jan 2002)

Robert Walter: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his observations, but I do not share his confidence that, if the provision were enacted, social workers and others would interpret it in that way.

Public Bill Committee: Adoption and Children Bill: Clause 111 - Inquiries by local authorities into representations (15 Jan 2002)

Robert Walter: I seek the Minister's clarification. Does she envisage those procedures relating solely to England? The Children's Commissioner for Wales might be an independent party to whom the child or another party might complain, and he might have instituted an investigation relating to the child's complaint. The sort of complaint procedures that the Minister has mentioned might not be relevant in...

Public Bill Committee: Adoption and Children Bill: Clause 107 - Acquisition of parental responsibility (15 Jan 2002)

Robert Walter: I declare an interest in that I might benefit from the application of the provision, as I am a step-parent of a child, without parental responsibility, in the very circumstances set out by the clause. I want to probe the Parliamentary Secretary, because proposed new subsection (1)(b) states that ''the court may, on the application of the step-parent, order that the step-parent shall have...

Public Bill Committee: Adoption and Children Bill: Clause 92 - Excepted payments (15 Jan 2002)

Robert Walter: I am grateful to the Minister for running through the possible exceptions. She described them several times as reasonable payments. I referred to clause 11. Fees would be reasonable payments, but surely there should be a requirement for transparency. Adoptive parents should not feel in danger of being hit with a bill for what some official or adoption agency thinks is a reasonable payment,...

Public Bill Committee: Adoption and Children Bill: Clause 91 - Prohibition of certain payments (15 Jan 2002)

Robert Walter: The clause is one of the more important clauses in the Bill, especially as it relates to intercountry adoptions. I should like to probe the Minister on the prohibition of payments. The clause is specific with regard to payments made in respect of ''removing from the United Kingdom a child who is a Commonwealth citizen, or is habitually resident in the United Kingdom'', but not in respect of...

Public Bill Committee: Adoption and Children Bill: Clause 92 - Excepted payments (15 Jan 2002)

Robert Walter: Again, I wish to probe the Minister a little. The clause suggests that other payments can be made to a registered adoption society by a parent, guardian or person who proposes to adopt a child. I remind the Minister of clause 11, which relates to fees and about which we had extensive discussions. I even proposed a couple of amendments to it. It states that ''Regulations under section 9 may...

Public Bill Committee: Adoption and Children Bill: Clause 53 - Information to be kept about a person's adoption (18 Dec 2001)

Robert Walter: My I help my hon. Friend? I was observing the Committee diligently and I think that letters were distributed personally to Labour Members that afternoon, while our letters were left in our pigeonholes.

Public Bill Committee: Adoption and Children Bill: Clause 53 - Information to be kept about a person's adoption (18 Dec 2001)

Robert Walter: I am grateful to the Minister for telling us that the amendments are the result of the Government's desire to consult. However, when the Bill was presented the Government said that its original provisions were there because of the danger that those who had been adopted might go back and be violent toward or attack their birth parents. Will she explain which consultation exercise led her to...

Public Bill Committee: Adoption and Children Bill: Clause 12 - Independent review of determinations (18 Dec 2001)

Robert Walter: I would not have spoken to the amendment but for the case of a couple I met in my surgery on Friday. A couple who had hoped to adopt a brother and sister came to me with a tale that neatly fits into our proceedings and demonstrates why I hope that the Minister can consider the amendment. The prospective adoptive parents lived in my local authority area, but another local authority some...

Public Bill Committee: Adoption and Children Bill: Clauses 9 and 10 ordered to stand part of the Bill. - Clause 11 - Fees (18 Dec 2001)

Robert Walter: I am slightly reassured by the Minister's comments, but remain unhappy with the word ''prescribe''. I accept that regulations must do something, but a better term might be that they give ''statutory guidance'' to adoption agencies and local authorities. I tabled the amendments and rehearsed the arguments in Committee because of the evidence of the wide divergence in fees charged by local...

Public Bill Committee: Adoption and Children Bill: Clauses 9 and 10 ordered to stand part of the Bill. - Clause 11 - Fees (18 Dec 2001)

Robert Walter: I beg to move amendment No. 3, in page 9, line 9, leave out 'prescribe' and insert 'recommend'.


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