Clause 66 - Rules of interpretation for instruments concerning property

Part of Adoption and Children Bill – in a Public Bill Committee am 9:45 am ar 6 Rhagfyr 2001.

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Photo of Henry Bellingham Henry Bellingham Ceidwadwyr, North West Norfolk 9:45, 6 Rhagfyr 2001

The clause is fairly complicated, and much of it will be covered in appendices, but what is the situation as regards entailed property? I hope that the Parliamentary Secretary's colleagues in the Box can shed some light on that, although she may know the answer herself.

Subsection (2) refers to dates of adoption. What is the crucial factor in deciding the inheritance of property that is left to the eldest of two adopted children of a marriage—their dates of birth or the dates on which they were adopted? That would affect not only large inheritances, but the inheritance of, for example, a small, modest house in one of our constituencies. I would be grateful if the Parliamentary Secretary could consider those two points.