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Lord Fraser of Carmyllie: Perhaps I may conclude on this by saying that that certainly is correct. It is far from simple and there are circumstances when the issue will be very fraught indeed. That is why we want—and I believe we have now achieved—to offer to local authorities in particular a wide range of options which can be considered and have the most appropriate one applied in all the circumstances. I am very grateful for the support that has been afforded to these amendments. There will be one very happy bunny draftsman in view of the compliments that have been paid to the drafting of his

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On Question, amendment agreed to.

[Amendments Nos. 159 and 160 not moved.]

Lord Fraser of Carmyllie moved Amendment No. 161:

    Page 57, line 4, leave out ("and").

The noble and learned Lord said: Amendment No. 161 is in fact consequential upon Amendment No. 164 which is largely self-explanatory and a useful addition to the Bill. It brings in a further condition that must be satisfied before the sheriff can make an exclusion order The condition is that there will be a person specified in the application who is capable of taking responsibility for the provision of appropriate care for the child and any other member of the family who requires such care and is residing in the family home. It is possible to imagine the situation where a disabled elderly person relies for assistance on the person who was to be excluded. The amendment simply ensures that the safety and wellbeing of children and others in the family home will not be put at risk through the removal of a suspect abuser. I beg to move.

On Question, amendment agreed to.

Lord Fraser of Carmyllie: Having regard to the number of amendments that still have to be considered and the arrangements that have been agreed for this Committee, it would seem to me that it is extremely unlikely, if not impossible, for us to conclude the remainder of the amendments within the time considered as a suitable period for any sitting of this Committee.

I would accordingly suggest that this might be a convenient moment for the Committee to adjourn until Tuesday next.

The Deputy Chairman of Committees: The Committee stands adjourned until Tuesday next at 3.30 p.m.

        The Committee adjourned at a quarter before seven o'clock.

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