Clause 98 - Right of officers of the service to have

Part of Adoption and Children Bill – in a Public Bill Committee am 6:00 pm ar 4 Rhagfyr 2001.

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Photo of Tim Loughton Tim Loughton Shadow Spokesperson (Health) 6:00, 4 Rhagfyr 2001

I beg to move amendment No. 135, in page 52, line 15, at end insert

'or any other records held by that agency relating to the child which he may regard as relevant to the case.'.

We are trying to ascertain a specific point with this probing amendment, which would give officers of the service full access to the records that they require. The clause could be interpreted as giving those officers the right to look only at records concerning the child after the moment when twin-track planning for adoption had started and not the right to look at all the records concerning the child when care proceedings were being contemplated or had been launched. If an officer of the service were not involved in the earlier care proceedings, there may be a real difficulty in obtaining all the records necessary to compile a full report. That is the basis of the amendment, to which the Minister can no doubt respond swiftly.