Adoption and Children Bill

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Mr. Walter: There are two issues; adoption by unmarried couples and adoption by same-sex couples. In the instances that you referred to, are we talking about male or female same-sex relationships?

Mrs. Crank: They were female same-sex relationships.

Mr. Walter: Can you envisage circumstances where you would entertain male same-sex relationships, or where such relationships would provide any benefit to children?

Mrs. Crank: It is probably the same, really. It is a question of the needs of that particular child. We have single males who have been openly saying that they are homosexual but who have not got a partner, but who have actually adopted. But that has been what is right for that child.

Mr. Dawson: We have heard a lot of national statistics, but surely you are exploring crucial issues of stability and people's commitments and attachments via their assessment as adoptive applicants. There are marriages that, sadly, break down, and there are cohabitations, whether heterosexual or homosexual, that last permanently. Surely you are trying to find the best adopters, rather than to engage in social engineering.

Ms Charlton: Yes, absolutely. We would endorse that.

The Chairman: I thank all our witnesses for a very helpful sitting; I am most grateful to you.

The witnesses withdrew.

Adjourned at three minutes to One o'clock till this day at fifteen minutes to Four o'clock.

The following Members attended the Committee:
Hinchliffe, Mr. David (Chairman)
Bellingham, Mr.
Blackman, Liz
Brazier, Mr.
Brennan, Kevin
Dawson, Mr.
Djanogly, Mr.
Fitzpatrick, Jim
Gidley, Sandra
Llwyd, Mr.
Loughton, Tim
Love, Mr.
Moran, Margaret
Munn, Ms
Shaw, Mr.
Smith, Jacqui
Walter, Mr.
Winterton, Ms Rosie

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