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Board Name: Scotland (Adoption Related)
Sharnbrook, Beds UK May 29, 2002
From Cathy Henderson Please pass on! Thanks for your support.
Posted with permission.

Dear All

I urgently need your help with the Adoption Bill in the UK.

The whole House of Commons all resoundingly and unequivocally
supported a statutory right for birth relatives to obtain
intermediary services and for rights to be retrospective for
all adoptees and birthfamilies. The only person who did not agree
was the Minister Jacqui Smith.

Write to those who sit in the House of Lords (do not forget the
Bishops) and tell them that you and the whole House of Commons
disagree with the Minister on this.

If you are unable to write to all those in the House of Lords,
concentrate on the Labour Lords and Bishops if possible.

Explain that the Commons were united in their view that birth
relatives should have a statutory right to an intermediary service,
that all rights should be retroactive and that the Minister ONLY WON
THE VOTE AGAINST THESE RIGHTS WITH A THREE LINE WHIP.

'Three-line whips' are imposed on important occasions, such as
second readings of significant Bills and motions of no confidence.
Failure by MPs to attend a vote with a three-line whip is usually
seen as a rebellion against the party and may eventually result in
disciplinary action, such as suspension from the parliamentary party.

Here's how to write to the House of Lords - please read and follow
the instructions:

HOW TO CONTACT MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF LORDS

http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld/ldinfo/ldcontac.htm

HOW TO ADDRESS MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF LORDS

http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld/ldinfo/ldadds.htm

MEMBERS BY PARTY OR GROUP AS AT 10.1.02

Labour (concentrate on these ones first)

http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld/ldinfo/labour.htm

Bishops (concentrate on these ones second)

http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld/ldinfo/bishops.htm

Conservative

http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld/ldinfo/conserv.htm

Liberal Democrats

http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld/ldinfo/libdem.htm

Cross bench

http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld/ldinfo/xbench.htm

Others

http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld/ldinfo/others.htm

If you are able, please send a copy to NORCAP (http://norcap.org)


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