§ Mr. McNamara
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether he will publish in the Official Report the number of children adopted within (a) one month of birth, (b) three months of birth. (c) six months of birth and (d) one year of birth.
§ Dr. Vaughan
The, number of children adopted under orders registered in 1977 in England and Wales within six months and within one year of birth were respectively 1,157 and 2,945.
No children are adopted within one or three months of birth, because an adoption order cannot be made in respect of a child who is less than 19 weeks old.