Clause 96 - Proceedings to be in private

Part of Adoption and Children Bill – in a Public Bill Committee am 12:45 pm ar 4 Rhagfyr 2001.

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Photo of Jonathan Djanogly Jonathan Djanogly Ceidwadwyr, Huntingdon 12:45, 4 Rhagfyr 2001

I support all that my hon. Friend has said. Reasons must be given why the High Court has proceedings in chambers, while the county courts are heard in camera. County court judges deal with the great majority of cases, but that could change. If people want more publicity, for whatever reason, they will push for cases to go to the High Court, which would be much more expensive. That might not be to anyone's advantage.

I back up my hon. Friend's point about the rights of the child. Those are what we want to protect, not the right of adoption agencies to maintain their reputations when they deserve to be questioned. The presumption should be that the proceedings should be heard. Wherever the hearings take place, children's right not to be reported should be the outstanding consideration.