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Amendments made: No. 151, in page 29, line 15, leave out "married".
No. 152, in page 29, line 16, leave out "spouses" and insert "of them".
No. 153, in page 29, line 17, leave out "married".
No. 154, in page 29, line 19, leave out "spouse" and insert "of the couple".
No. 155, in page 29, line 21, leave out "spouse".[Mr. Hinchliffe.]
Amendments made: No. 156, in page 29, line 24, at end insert
'(1A) An adoption order may be made on the application of one person who has attained the age of 21 years if the court is satisfied that the person is the partner of a parent of the person to be adopted'.
No. 157, in page 29, line 27, leave out paragraph (a).[Mr. Hinchliffe.]
Mr. Lansley: On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. Can you confirm that further consequential amendmentsamendment No. 158, new clause 13 and amendment No. 158(a), which is in the name of myself and my hon. Friend the Member for North Dorset (Mr. Walter) and would remove from this group of amendments the possibility for same-sex couples to adopt as a couplewill not be debated today but, according to the order of proceedings, on Monday evening?
Amendments made: No. 215, in page 26, line 31, leave out "investigate" and insert
'arrange for the investigation of'.
No. 216, in page 26, line 32, leave out "their" and insert "the".
No. 217, in page 27, line 4, after "are" insert
'( ) in prescribed cases, references to the prescribed local authority,
( ) in any other case, references'.
No. 218, in page 27, line 5, at end insert
'and "prescribed" means prescribed by regulations'.[Jim Fitzpatrick.]
Amendments made: No. 270, in page 27, line 15, after "Act" insert
'the Children (Scotland) Act 1995 or the Children (Northern Ireland) Order 1995'.
No. 219, in page 27, line 32, at end insert
'( ) Before making an adoption order, the court must consider whether there should be arrangements for allowing any person contact with the child; and for that purpose the court must consider any existing or proposed arrangements and obtain any views of the parties to the proceedings'.[Jim Fitzpatrick.]
Amendments made: No. 220, in page 27, line 40, after "19" insert
'(and has not withdrawn the consent)'.
No. 230, in page 28, line 23, leave out first "of" and insert "in".[Jim Fitzpatrick.]
Amendments made: No. 221, in page 29, line 33, leave out subsection (3).
No. 232, in page 29, line 42, leave out from "child's" to end of line 43 and insert
'being adopted by the applicant alone'.[Jim Fitzpatrick.]
Amendments made: No. 224, in page 30, line 40, at end insert
( ) a child who has been placed for adoption by a local authority is less than six weeks old'.
No. 225, in page 31, line 6, at end insert
'or a child who has been placed for adoption by a registered adoption society is less than six weeks old'.[Jim Fitzpatrick.]
'which shall include all information necessary to fulfil the duty imposed by virtue of section [Disclosure of information regarding a person's adoption] (2),'.
'(7) The provisions in this section relating to access to protected information shall be applicable to any adopted person, regardless of whether the date of that person's adoption was before or after the coming into force of this Act.'.
'(7) This section shall apply to all adopted persons, whether adopted before or after the coming into force of this Act.'.
'(1) Adult siblings by birth of adopted adults who have been adopted at any time from the enactment of the Adoption Act 1926 shall have the right to make an application to an adoption agency, as specified in regulations, to obtain the information under section 77 relating to his relative who was adopted.
(2) The agency shall make enquiries as necessary to establish the views of the adopted person concerning the disclosure of information to the relative.
(3) The information applied for shall be supplied by the agency to the applicant unless either
(a) the adopted person has refused consent to the disclosure , or
(b) the agency obtains an order from the High Court which authorises the agency not to disclose the information requested.
'(1) This section shall apply only to an adopted person who has attained the age of 18 years.
(2) The appropriate adoption agency shall have a duty to inform an adopted person that he was adopted, subject to the regulations referred to in subsection (3).
(3) Regulations may prescribe
(a) the method by which adoption agencies shall discharge the duty described in subsection (2), and
(b) any categories of adopted persons to whom the duty subscribed in subsection (2) shall not apply.'.
Tim Loughton: We now have all of 44 minutes in which to debate three important amendments and two new clauses tabled by myself and my right hon. and hon. Friends, together with a handful of Government amendments.