HC Deb 31 March 1960 vol 620 c157W
50. Mr. L. M. Lever

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will take powers to prevent the giving to, and adoption by, foreign persons of British children before or after birth.

Mr. R. A. Butler

Under Section 52 of the Adoption Act, 1958, it is an offence for any person, except under the authority of a provisional adoption order, to take or send a British child out of Great Britain for adoption, whether in law or in fact, by any person who is not a parent or guardian or relative of the child.