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Public Bill Committee: Adoption and Children Bill: Clause 86 - Section 85: supplementary (11 Dec 2001)

Robert Walter: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his intervention. I regard the United Kingdom as a country. If the hon. Gentleman wants to define it as a state as opposed to a country, that is a matter for his judgment. However, I shall continue to refer to it as one country. I say that as someone who is Welsh by birth and regard myself as a Welshman, especially when a rugby match is taking place. For the...

Public Bill Committee: Adoption and Children Bill: Clause 85 - Annulment etc. of overseas or Convention adoptions (11 Dec 2001)

Robert Walter: That is my understanding too. I like to think that when Ministers use the Crown prerogative to sign treaties and conventions, they do so with the full authority of the British people and will not have a problem in ratifying the treaties to bring them into our law. I am concerned that the Adoption (Intercountry Aspects) Act 1999 has the convention as a schedule, but it does not specifically...

Public Bill Committee: Adoption and Children Bill: Clause 85 - Annulment etc. of overseas or Convention adoptions (11 Dec 2001)

Robert Walter: It does seem that there are circumstances in which we feel that we know better—or, more particularly, the High Court knows better—than those who entered into the convention obligation. I am not a great expert on international law, but, unlike the European convention on human rights, for which there is an appeal to the European Court of Human Rights, the ultimate appeal under the Hague...

Public Bill Committee: Adoption and Children Bill: Clause 85 - Annulment etc. of overseas or Convention adoptions (11 Dec 2001)

Robert Walter: I hope that the Minister will agree that the purpose of a convention on intercountry adoptions is to ensure that such things cannot happen— indeed, the contracting states to the convention have agreed that such procedures will not be permitted. Why, therefore, should one state be allowed to step in and make a judgment on the procedures followed by another?

Public Bill Committee: Adoption and Children Bill: Clause 85 - Annulment etc. of overseas or Convention adoptions (11 Dec 2001)

Robert Walter: The Minister is describing procedures and protections, but those are the ones that we have given to the central authority. Why are we now saying that the central authority that we have set up is not competent, and that we need an extra measure—one that she said had never been used in 25 years—through the High Court?

Public Bill Committee: Adoption and Children Bill: Clause 85 - Annulment etc. of overseas or Convention adoptions (11 Dec 2001)

Robert Walter: I beg to move amendment No. 165, in page 46, line 35, leave out subsection (1).

Public Bill Committee: Adoption and Children Bill: Clause 85 - Annulment etc. of overseas or Convention adoptions (11 Dec 2001)

Robert Walter: I do not like the clause because it suggests that an overseas or convention adoption can be annulled by the High Court ''on the ground that the adoption is contrary to public policy.'' That would seem to allow the annulment of adoption on political grounds. If all the procedures under the Bill have been followed, it would be cruel to annul an adoption simply on so-called public policy...

Public Bill Committee: Adoption and Children Bill: Clause 83 - Overseas adoptions (11 Dec 2001)

Robert Walter: I hear what the Minister says, although I hope that she will forgive me if I was not paying full attention when the fire alarm sounded. She referred to clause 129, which states that '''child', except where used to express a relationship, means a person who has not attained the age of 18 years''. The definition of children in clause 83 includes those who were children when adoption was...

Public Bill Committee: Adoption and Children Bill: Clause 83 - Overseas adoptions (11 Dec 2001)

Robert Walter: The Minister is right to allude to the principal positive reason for including the wording, which relates to the status of the child or adult and is relevant to such issues as inheritance. I am concerned—the Minister alluded to this and referred me to other clauses, such as clause 47, which I am not sure we have considered—that the definition of ''children'' may include someone who has...

Public Bill Committee: Adoption and Children Bill: Clause 82 - Restriction on taking children out (11 Dec 2001)

Robert Walter: I hear the Minister's definitions of the people who would be in the UK because they are the children of Commonwealth citizens. However, most of her definitions could apply equally to citizens of the EU, who might be here through their rights of free movement within the EU. Why have the Government not included a child who is an EU citizen?

Public Bill Committee: Adoption and Children Bill: Clause 82 - Restriction on taking children out (11 Dec 2001)

Robert Walter: As our discussion of the amendment continued, I became more convinced that the subsection was somewhat outdated. The Minister chided me because I seemed to want less emphasis on the Commonwealth and more on the European Union, but all I want is to make good law and to ensure that the provisions are up to date. As the Minister will recall, the 1976 Act was brought into force when this country...

Public Bill Committee: Adoption and Children Bill: Clause 83 - Overseas adoptions (11 Dec 2001)

Robert Walter: I beg to move amendment No. 164, in page 46, line 6, leave out from beginning to first '''regulations''' in line 7. It is me again. I explained that earlier amendments were intended to remove the possibility of distress and heartache to those who had adopted children or those who had been adopted. Clause 83(2) and the definition it contains cause me concern. It states: '''Children'...

Public Bill Committee: Adoption and Children Bill: Clause 82 - Restriction on taking children out (11 Dec 2001)

Robert Walter: I beg to move, amendment No. 162, in page 44, line 38, leave out subsection 1(a). Having spent last week at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Western European Union, I have drawn the short straw this morning in terms of moving amendments. I am perturbed by the provision that the amendment would delete—a restriction on taking children out. Clause 82(1) refers to: ''A child who— (a) is...

Public Bill Committee: Adoption and Children Bill: Clause 82 - Restriction on taking children out (11 Dec 2001)

Robert Walter: I thank my hon. Friend for his intervention. There is an attempt elsewhere in the Bill to suggest that when reference is made to the United Kingdom, that includes the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands. However, in other places the term ''the British Islands'' is used. From the way in which it is expressed in the Bill and on the basis that we cannot make law for another sovereign state—the...

Public Bill Committee: Adoption and Children Bill: Clause 82 - Restriction on taking children out (11 Dec 2001)

Robert Walter: My hon. Friend poses an interesting question. I have no doubt that there would be an interesting debate in a court's consideration of a case centering on the status of a citizen of a Commonwealth country that had been suspended from the Commonwealth. The Commonwealth is an association of countries, some former dominions of the British empire and some former colonies. Some retain the status...

Public Bill Committee: Adoption and Children Bill: Clause 82 - Restriction on taking children out (11 Dec 2001)

Robert Walter: I was conscious of the Minister's disapproval when I spoke of Commonwealth citizens as though they were passing foreigners—it was meant lightheartedly. I am concerned about why that particular group has been singled out. We have historical links with the Commonwealth, but by a succession of treaties we now have links with citizens of the European Union. Perhaps the Minister can help by...

Public Bill Committee: Adoption and Children Bill: Clause 81 - Giving parental responsibility prior to adoption abroad (11 Dec 2001)

Robert Walter: I beg to move amendment No. 161, in page 44, line 27, leave out 'at all times'. The clause is one of several that deal with intercountry adoption, a subject in which I have taken an interest for some years. Not only was I a Front-Bencher when the House debated the Children's Commissioner for Wales Act 2001, which legislation had some relevance to intercountry adoptions, but I have some...

Public Bill Committee: Adoption and Children Bill: Clause 81 - Giving parental responsibility prior to adoption abroad (11 Dec 2001)

Robert Walter: I thank the Minister for her interpretation of ''at all times'', but my concern is about how a court might interpret the phrase. Elsewhere in the Bill, the term ''habitually'' is used. Is that not better than ''at all times''?

Public Bill Committee: Adoption and Children Bill: Clause 81 - Giving parental responsibility prior to adoption abroad (11 Dec 2001)

Robert Walter: I remain concerned. I suggested in my intervention that ''habitually'' might be better than ''at all times''. By deleting ''at all times'', I seek to avoid causing unnecessary suffering to the child or prospective adopters.

Public Bill Committee: Adoption and Children Bill: Clause 81 - Giving parental responsibility prior to adoption abroad (11 Dec 2001)

Robert Walter: I thank the Minister for that intervention. I hope that family lawyers will read the Hansard of our proceedings for definitions of ''at all times'' and ''habitually''. In the knowledge that lawyers love to pore over such documents, I beg to ask leave to withdraw the amendment. Amendment, by leave, withdrawn. Clause 81 ordered to stand part of the Bill.


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