HC Deb 14 March 2001 vol 364 cc618-9W
Mr. Cox

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many children were allowed into the United Kingdom from overseas countries for adoption by United Kingdom residents in the last 12 months; and if he will list the countries from which these children came. [152815]

Mrs. Roche

Information on the number of children admitted to the United Kingdom from overseas countries for adoption is not currently available. The information that is available covers the number of adopted children given indefinite leave to remain in the United Kingdom. This number excludes those children given limited leave to remain and who are subsequently adopted through the United Kingdom courts, becoming British citizens on the date that the final adoption order is made.

In 2000, a total of around 60 adopted children were given indefinite leave to remain. The nationalities of the children were:

  • Argentina
  • Bangladesh
  • Chile
  • 619W
  • China
  • Cameroon
  • Ghana
  • Guatemala
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Iran
  • Jamaica
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • St. Lucia
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • Romania
  • Singapore
  • Sierra Leone
  • South Africa
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Ukraine
  • United States of America
  • Vietnam
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe.

There were fewer than ten cases for each nationality.