The Select Committee on the Adoption and
The House agreed to commit the Adoption and Children
Bill to a Select Committee on 26 March 2001 and ordered the Committee
to report to the House on or before Tuesday 12 June.
The following were appointed members of the Committee
on 9 April 2001:
Mrs Liz Blackman (Lab.
Mr Julian Brazier (Con. Canterbury)
Ann Coffey (Lab. Stockport)
Caroline Flint (Lab. Don Valley)
Sandra Gidley (LibDem. Romsey)
Mrs Llin Golding (Lab. Newcastle-under-Lyme)
Mr David Hinchliffe (Lab. Wakefield)
Mr John Hutton (Lab. Barrow and Furness)
Mr Jonathan R Shaw (Lab. Chatham and Aylesford)
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Con. Meriden)
Mr Desmond Swayne (Con. New Forest West)
Ms Dari Taylor (Lab. Stockton South)
On 10 April, the Committee elected David Hinchliffe
as its Chairman.
The Motion appointing the Committee set the quorum
as three and gave the Committee the power to meet away from Westminster,
and to appoint a specialist adviser.
The Committee was given the power to require the
submission of written evidence and to examine witnesses. Oral
evidence is published in HC 431-i to HC 431-iii together with
written evidence submitted by those witnesses. Other written evidence
submitted to the Committee is published in this volume or made
available elsewhere, as indicated.
All publications of the Committee (including press
notices) are on the internet at www.parliament.uk/commons/selcom/acbhome.htm.
All correspondence should be addressed to the Clerk
of the Select Committee on the Adoption and Children Bill, 7 Millbank,
London SW1P 3JA The telephone number for general inquiries is:
020 7219 1380/2145; the Committee's e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org