Clause 91 - Prohibition of certain payments

Part of Adoption and Children Bill – in a Public Bill Committee am 11:15 am ar 15 Ionawr 2002.

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Photo of Robert Walter Robert Walter Ceidwadwyr, North Dorset 11:15, 15 Ionawr 2002

The clause is one of the more important clauses in the Bill, especially as it relates to intercountry adoptions. I should like to probe the Minister on the prohibition of payments. The clause is specific with regard to payments made in respect of

''removing from the United Kingdom a child who is a Commonwealth citizen, or is habitually resident in the United Kingdom'',

but not in respect of children coming in the other direction.

Some of the worst examples of payments for intercountry adoptions relate to children who have been ''bought'' in other countries. Excessive payments have been made to agents in those other countries, some of them masquerading as lawyers and claiming extortionate fees for arranging adoptions. Will the Minister give me some assurance that either this or another clause—I may have been remiss in not examining the Bill closely enough—will cover those payments that we would all like to prohibit?