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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath moved Amendments Nos. 175 to 177:

    Page 69, line 36, leave out (""registration") and insert (""appropriate").

    Page 70, line 12, leave out ("""registration") and insert ("""appropriate").

On Question, amendments agreed to.

Schedule 3, as amended, agreed to.

Schedule 4 agreed to.

Schedule 5 [Repeals]:

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath moved Amendment No. 178:

    Page 74, line 16, column 3, leave out ("and (2) to") and insert (", (2)(a) to (k), (3) and").

The noble Lord said: This is a minor correction to the repeals schedule. We are making a number of repeals of existing provisions made under the Children

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Act. This amendment is intended to ensure that we do not repeal by mistake the power to make regulations under that Act which would require private children's homes to have a complaints procedure similar to that of local authorities under Section 26 of that Act. That power has been exercised in respect of private children's homes in the Representations Procedure (Children) Regulations 1991 and this amendment is necessary to ensure that those provisions remain in force as respects these homes.

The Bill will require all children's homes to have adequate complaints procedures within the home itself. But aside from that we want also to ensure that the statutory Children Act complaints procedure applies to private children's homes. This amendment will ensure that that remains so. I beg to move.

On Question, amendment agreed to.

Schedule 5, as amended, agreed to.

House resumed: Bill reported with amendments.

        House adjourned at twenty-five minutes before midnight.

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