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House of Commons

 
 

Thursday 2 July 2015

 

Public Bill Committee Proceedings

 

Education and Adoption Bill


 

[Third and Fourth Sittings]


 

Steve McCabe

 

Kevin Brennan

 

Graham Jones

 

Mrs Emma Lewell-Buck

 

Negatived on division  1

 

Clause  13,  page  8,  line  18,  leave out “give directions” and insert “make orders”

 

Steve McCabe

 

Kevin Brennan

 

Graham Jones

 

Mrs Emma Lewell-Buck

 

Not called  2

 

Clause  13,  page  8,  line  23,  leave out “A direction” and insert “An order”

 

Steve McCabe

 

Kevin Brennan

 

Graham Jones

 

Mrs Emma Lewell-Buck

 

Withdrawn  7

 

Clause  13,  page  8,  line  26,  at end insert—

 

“( )    

Where a direction under subsection (1) is to be given the Secretary of State must

 

first publish a statement setting out the criteria against which he has selected the

 

body or bodies who will carry out the functions in the direction.”

 

Steve McCabe

 

Kevin Brennan

 

Graham Jones

 

Withdrawn  8

 

Clause  13,  page  8,  line  35,  at end insert—

 

“( )    

Where a direction under subsection (1) is to be given, and the functions in the

 

direction include the recruitment of persons as prospective adopters, the Secretary

 

of State must first publish a statement setting out the criteria against which

 

adopters will be selected after the arrangements in the direction come into

 

operation.”


 
 

Public Bill Committee Proceedings: 2 July 2015            

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Education and Adoption Bill, continued

 
 

Steve McCabe

 

Kevin Brennan

 

Graham Jones

 

Bill Esterson

 

Mrs Emma Lewell-Buck

 

Withdrawn  9

 

Clause  13,  page  8,  line  35,  at end insert “including support identified in needs

 

assessments of adopted children”

 

Steve McCabe

 

Kevin Brennan

 

Graham Jones

 

Not called  3

 

Clause  13,  page  8,  line  36,  leave out “a direction” and insert “an order”

 

Steve McCabe

 

Kevin Brennan

 

Graham Jones

 

Not called  4

 

Clause  13,  page  8,  line  37,  leave out “a direction” and insert “an order”

 

Steve McCabe

 

Kevin Brennan

 

Graham Jones

 

Withdrawn  10

 

Clause  13,  page  8,  line  38,  after subsection (4) insert—

 

“( )    

The Secretary of State shall make arrangements for the independent inspection

 

and monitoring of the functioning of arrangements resulting from a direction

 

under subsection (1).

 

( )    

Where an independent inspection or monitoring report raises serious concerns

 

about the functioning of arrangements subject to a direction under subsection (1),

 

the Secretary of State must consider whether to exercise his power in subsection

 

(4).”

 

Steve McCabe

 

Kevin Brennan

 

Graham Jones

 

Not called  5

 

Clause  13,  page  8,  line  39,  leave out “A direction” and insert “An order”

 

Steve McCabe

 

Kevin Brennan

 

Graham Jones

 

Bill Esterson

 

Mrs Emma Lewell-Buck

 

Withdrawn  11

 

Clause  13,  page  8,  line  40,  at end insert—

 

“( )    

When giving a direction under this section, the Secretary of State must publish a

 

statement stating his satisfaction, or otherwise, that the outcomes of the proposed

 

arrangements are consistent with arrangements in place across the whole sector.”

 

Bill Esterson

 

Not called  25

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  13,  page  8,  line  40,  at end insert—


 
 

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Education and Adoption Bill, continued

 
 

“(5A)    

Before making a direction under subsection (1), the Secretary of State must    

 

consider, and lay a statement before each House of Parliament about, the impact

 

of      the changes proposed within the direction on—

 

(a)    

each relevant local authority’s existing provision in relation to—

 

(i)    

adoption,

 

(ii)    

foster care,

 

(iii)    

other potentially permanent placement solutions, and

 

(iv)    

other social services for children, in particular where delivered

 

by        multi-disciplinary teams, and

 

(b)    

the consistency of provision of mental health services to children within

 

the       relevant client group affected.”

 

Steve McCabe

 

Kevin Brennan

 

Graham Jones

 

Not called  6

 

Clause  13,  page  8,  line  41,  at end insert—

 

“( )    

Orders under subsection (1)—

 

(a)    

shall be made by statutory instrument, and

 

(b)    

may not be made unless a draft has been laid before and approved by  

 

resolution of each House of Parliament.”

 

Steve McCabe

 

Kevin Brennan

 

Graham Jones

 

Not called  12

 

Clause  13,  page  8,  line  41,  at end insert—

 

“(7)    

Before making any such regulations the Secretary of State shall consult children

 

who have experience of adoption functions, adopters and such persons as he

 

considers appropriate.”

 

Steve McCabe

 

Kevin Brennan

 

Graham Jones

 

Bill Esterson

 

Not called  13

 

Clause  13,  page  8,  line  41,  at end insert—

 

“( )    

Where a direction under subsection (1) specifies that the functions are to be

 

carried out by more than one agency, the specified bodies offered an opportunity

 

to participate must include at least one voluntary organisation acting as an

 

adoption society as defined by the Adoption Act 1976.”

 

Mrs Emma Lewell-Buck

 

Not called  26

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  13,  page  8,  line  41,  at end insert—

 

“(6A)    

Prior to making any directions under subsection (1), and within 12 months of this

 

Act coming into force, the Secretary of State shall commission an independent

 

evaluation of the matters under subsection (6B) and shall lay the report of the

 

evaluation before each House of Parliament.

 

(6B)    

The evaluation under subsection (6A) shall consider—

 

(a)    

the extent to which directions under section 3ZA should avoid creating

 

any presumption that adoption is automatically the most desirable

 

solution in the interests of any child,


 
 

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Education and Adoption Bill, continued

 
 

(b)    

the extent to which directions under section 3ZA should be consider all

 

permanency placement settings, including (but not limited to) foster care,

 

residential care and kinship care, and

 

(c)    

the extent to which directions under section 3ZA, or alternative steps and

 

measures, might be used or designed to intervene earlier in the lives of

 

children, mothers, young people, and families as a whole, to prevent or

 

avoid children having to leave their natural family setting.”

 

Clause Agreed to.

 

[Adjourned until Tuesday 7 July at 9.25 am


 

 

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