Enfield MP Nick de Bois gains government backing in changing law to help adopted people

Enfield North MP Nick de Bois has won government support to help the descendants of adopted people.

The amendment to the Families and Children’s Bill will seek to end the problem of the descendants of dead adopted people being left unable gain information about their relatives' biological family.

Mr de Bois has managed to gain Government backing through the use of a ten-minute rule bill.

The Rule Bill sessions are traditionally used to make a point to the Government to change the law on a certain matter and seldom see a change of law as a result.

Enfield North MP said: “I’m delighted the Government has listened to the arguments surrounding this issue and has broadly supported the measures I have put forward. 

"I hope that these proposals will make it easier for descendants of deceased adopted parents to get the vital information they may need often at a time of considerable stress in their own lives. It's good to be able to hopefully make a difference this way.”

Education Minister Edward Timpson said: “The Government is determined to improve the adoption system so that the over 6,000 children currently waiting to be adopted can find a loving home, but in doing so we also need to consider the descendants of those who are adopted.

"Nick has been instrumental in bringing this important issue to the fore and it is testament to his efforts that this is now to become law”.

Discussions will now take place in the new year before the regulations can be put into place.

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