HC Deb 26 April 1956 vol 551 cc1953-4
17. Lieut.-Colonel Lipton

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he has now decided what action to take on the Report of the Hurst Committee on the adoption of children.

Major Lloyd-George

I would refer the hon. and gallant Member to the reply that I gave on 7th March to the hon. and learned Member for Brigg (Mr. E. L. Mallalieu).

Lieut.-Colonel Lipton

Is not the Home Secretary aware that the Report exposed too many loopholes in the present law permitting the sending of children abroad for adoption and a black market, especially in illegitimate babies? Why is he not doing something about this Report, which was submitted to him in September, 1954, even though certain hon. Members on his side of the House are not a bit interested in the matter?

Major Lloyd-George

As I have told the hon. and gallant Member before, this requires legislation, and I see no hope of that at the present time.