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Adoption: China

Volume 460: debated on Wednesday 9 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many applications his Department is processing by UK citizens to adopt children from China through the China Center of Adoption Affairs; what the date is of the oldest application; how many of the applications have been made according to (a) the requirements which are soon to be superseded and (b) the new requirements; and if he will make a statement. (134181)

The Department is currently processing 50 applications by British citizens to adopt children from China. They are at various stages of processing between acknowledgement and sending the application to the China Center of Adoption Affairs (CCAA) and are being processed under the new requirements which came into force on 1 May 2007.

Of the above applications, the oldest standard application was received on 20 October 2006. One complex application, received on 16 June 2006, is also being processed by the Department.

The Department will continue to have a processing role for applications already with the CCAA until an adoption order is made. There is no central record of the number of applications already processed (and with the CCAA) under the old and new requirements.