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Children Act, 1948

Volume 518: debated on Thursday 22 October 1953

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he is aware that parents are giving false information to local authorities with the intention of deceiving those authorities into receiving their children into care under Section 1 of the Children Act, 1948, or deliberately abandoning their children, well knowing that the local authority will have to receive them into care; that in either case it is possible for proceedings to be taken against the parents, unless it can be proved that the child had been abandoned in a manner likely to cause unnecessary suffering; and what action he proposes to take.

I have been informed that such cases occur from time to time. Consideration will be given to the need for additional powers when there is opportunity for amending legislation.