Clause 81 - Giving parental responsibility prior to adoption abroad

Part of Adoption and Children Bill – in a Public Bill Committee am 10:30 am ar 11 Rhagfyr 2001.

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Photo of Jacqui Smith Jacqui Smith Minister of State, Department of Health 10:30, 11 Rhagfyr 2001

Perhaps I can help the hon. Gentleman. We believe that ''habitually'' has a particular meaning that might not be established within 10 weeks. It tends to mean that more permanent ties have been established in relation to habitual residence, rather than that the people involved are simply living with each other. Ironically, therefore, ''habitually'' might impose a stronger or tighter restriction on the clause than the wording that the Government propose.