New Clause 9 - Registration of private foster parents

Part of Adoption and Children Bill – in a Public Bill Committee am 6:45 pm ar 15 Ionawr 2002.

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Photo of Tim Loughton Tim Loughton Shadow Spokesperson (Health) 6:45, 15 Ionawr 2002

That is an important point. We can learn lessons from what has happened in the county shared by my hon. Friend and the hon. Member for Chatham and Aylesford (Mr. Shaw).

The bottom line is whether the new clause in its current form is workable. The hon. Member for Chatham and Aylesford had the good grace to admit that it was a bit rusty and would need great improvement. It certainly needs to be improved in how it deals with blood relatives, which is a completely different kettle of fish. Not for the first time, the hon. Gentleman has started a useful debate and it is appropriate that the subject be raised again in Committee. Subject to reservations on how the new clause would be brought into practice, its principle has a deal of merit, for which I commend him.

Debate adjourned.—[Angela Smith.]

Adjourned accordingly at three minutes to Seven o'clock till Thursday 17 January at half-past Nine o'clock.