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Adoption Regulations

Volume 404: debated on Tuesday 6 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received about the Voluntary Adoption Agencies and Adoption Agencies (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations. [110510]

The Voluntary Adoption Agencies and Adoption Agencies (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2003 were finalised after taking into account the 39 responses to the public consultation held between 25 September and 19 November 2002.A summary of the consultation responses will be published on the Department's website.No formal representations have been received since the Regulations were made on 25 February 2003. However, departmental officials have received a small number of inquiries from voluntary adoption agencies concerning the transfer of their registration to the National Care Standards Commission.