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Vietnamese Children

Volume 889: debated on Thursday 10 April 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he is aware that babies are being deprived of their right, laid down by the United Nations, to be brought up in the country of their citizenship, Vietnam; and whether, after their health and safety have been assured, he will take steps to ensure that none are adopted without the consent of both Vietnamese Governments.

It is not our intention to frustrate any humanitarian initiatives by the exercise of immigration control but children have been admitted to this country from South Vietnam only when sponsored by a reputable voluntary organisation which was prepared to take full responsibility for their care, maintenance and future upbringing. Any future applications for entry will be judged by the same criteria. Any question of adoption in this country will be a matter for the courts, and my hon. Friend will be aware of the safeguards built into the adoption procedure.