Canlyniadau 8721–8740 o 8770 ar gyfer speaker:Kevin Brennan

Pwyllgor Mesur Cyhoeddus: Adoption and Children Bill: Examination of Witnesses (21 Tach 2001)

Kevin Brennan: I wish to follow up that point by playing devil's advocate slightly. You are asking, why should somebody who has been adopted not have the right to contact their parent, whatever the background of their case? However, because of the nature of adoption these days, you are likely to be dealing with a higher proportion of damaged individuals—and many of them might have been damaged by their...

Pwyllgor Mesur Cyhoeddus: Adoption and Children Bill: Examination of Witnesses (21 Tach 2001)

Kevin Brennan: Do you think that the proportions are likely to rise because of the nature of adoption these days, compared with when the previous legislation was introduced 25 years ago?

Written Answers — International Development: World Trade Organisation (21 Tach 2001)

Kevin Brennan: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will make a statement on her priorities in the latest WTO round regarding the reduction of world poverty.

Pwyllgor Mesur Cyhoeddus: Adoption and Children Bill: Further information (20 Tach 2001)

Kevin Brennan: I wish to return to the rights of non-married couples to adopt, and to the points made by you, Mr. Chairman, by the hon. Member for Canterbury (Mr. Brazier) and by Andrew Christie. We should consider—and not just in respect of inheritance—that where an unmarried couple are not allowed to adopt and, sadly, their relationship breaks up, the child is denied the right to express a preference...

Pwyllgor Mesur Cyhoeddus: Adoption and Children Bill: Further information (20 Tach 2001)

Kevin Brennan: I welcome that, too. In the evidence given this morning, we were given the extreme example of a case of an individual who was abused in childhood and then sought out their birth parent with murderous intent. It seems completely illogical that an individual who had been abused but had not been adopted would presumably have the right to know who their abuser was, but someone who had been...

Pwyllgor Mesur Cyhoeddus: Adoption and Children Bill: Further information (20 Tach 2001)

Kevin Brennan: Just to finish the point, I appreciate that clause 1(2) is at the heart of the Bill and that the paramount consideration should be the child's welfare throughout his life. I know that, in that initial sense, that refers only to the adoption decision, but is it not logical that the continuum of adoption beyond childhood should also be a consideration?

Pwyllgor Mesur Cyhoeddus: Adoption and Children Bill: New provisions on the disclosure of information (20 Tach 2001)

Kevin Brennan: I accept that last point, but do not such situations arise all the time anyway with children born to unmarried couples who subsequently part? I accept the hon. Gentleman's point that the children are already going through a lot of legal processes, but the provision does not introduce totally insurmountable or unfamiliar problems.

Pwyllgor Mesur Cyhoeddus: Adoption and Children Bill: New provisions on the disclosure of information (20 Tach 2001)

Kevin Brennan: It is an important point, although it is also important to reflect on the fact that there have been massive social changes since the deal was done. Many birth parents feel no sense of shame in relation to adoption, and take a different view in later life about contact than that they might have held at the time of the adoption. The point about adopted adults contacting birth parents has been...

Pwyllgor Mesur Cyhoeddus: Adoption and Children Bill: New provisions on the disclosure of information (20 Tach 2001)

Kevin Brennan: May I press that point a little further? The information exchange requires the registration of both parties, but there are cases—those that have just been mentioned might be examples—in which an adopted child might have an incorrect belief about its birth parents and the reasons why it was adopted. For example, an adopted child might believe improperly that it was abused by its birth...

Pwyllgor Mesur Cyhoeddus: Adoption and Children Bill: New provisions on the disclosure of information (20 Tach 2001)

Kevin Brennan: I was talking about contact in adulthood, not during the process.

Written Answers — Transport, Local Government and the Regions: Glas Cymru (20 Tach 2001)

Kevin Brennan: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment he has made of Glas Cymru as a model for the new Railtrack.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Asylum Seekers (19 Tach 2001)

Kevin Brennan: Are any of the asylum seekers currently held in prison ever likely to be granted permission to work? I welcome my hon. Friend's announcement that Cardiff prison has been cleared of asylum seekers as a result of the commitment that she gave in the Adjournment debate organised by my hon. Friends the Members for Cardiff, North (Julie Morgan) and for Cynon Valley (Ann Clwyd). The fulfilment of...

Written Answers — Trade and Industry: Nuisance Calls (13 Tach 2001)

Kevin Brennan: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what consultation she has had with (a) Oftel, (b) the Information Commissioner's Office, (c) BT's nuisance calls bureau, (d) NTL's nuisance calls bureau and (e) the Direct Marketing Association about providing telephone users with protection from silent calls by power diallers; and if she will make a statement.

Written Answers — Education and Skills: Student Finance (13 Tach 2001)

Kevin Brennan: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what consultations she has had with the devolved Administrations about her review of student finance; and if she will make a statement.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Lone Parents (Employment Targets) (12 Tach 2001)

Kevin Brennan: Does my hon. Friend agree that one of the best ways to increase employment among lone parents is to ensure that job shares are widely available in the labour market? Has he any plans to provide incentives for employers to offer more job shares?

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: September 11 ( 8 Tach 2001)

Kevin Brennan: Does my right hon. Friend agree that, because of the prudent management of the economy, we are in a flexible position and can afford to proceed with our plans for public services, even if there is a downturn following 11 September? Does not that contrast with the previous Government, who brought Britain to the brink of bankruptcy?

Written Answers — Culture Media and Sport: European City of Culture ( 8 Tach 2001)

Kevin Brennan: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many applications she has received for membership of the advisory committee on the selection of the European City of Culture 2008; how many of the applicants are resident in Wales; when she expects to announce the membership of the panel; and if she will make a statement.

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: British Waterways ( 5 Tach 2001)

Kevin Brennan: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions she has had with the Board of British Waterways on the scope of its activities in relation to the Environment Agency; and if she will make a statement.

Written Answers — Culture Media and Sport: Dual Use Stadiums ( 5 Tach 2001)

Kevin Brennan: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the viability of dual use stadiums with retractable seating for football and athletics; and if she will make a statement.

Written Answers — Trade and Industry: Glas Cymru ( 1 Tach 2001)

Kevin Brennan: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the potential of Glas Cymru to be a model for social enterprise.


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