HC Deb 23 October 1989 vol 158 c485
The Solicitor-General

I beg to move amendment No. 286, in page 7, line 12, at end insert— '(5A) No court shall make any section 7 order which is to have effect for a period which will end after the child has reached the age of sixteen unless it is satisfied that the circumstances of the case are exceptional.'.

Mr. Speaker

With this it will be convenient to take Government amendment No. 147.

The Solicitor-General

These amendments provide that section 7 orders should not be made in relation to children over the age of 16 except in exceptional circumstances. This is obviously sensible. Amendment No. 147 simply corrects a slip. I commend the amendments to the House.

Amendment agreed to.

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