MINUTES OF A MEETING OF THE BASQUE CHILDREN'S ADMINISTRATIVE SUB-COMMITTEE hold at 4, Great Smith Street, London, S.W.1. on Tuesday, October 18th, at 5.30 p.m.
PRESENT: Dr. Richard Ellis (In the Chair)
Dame Janet Campbell
Miss K. McColgan
Mr. Wilfrid Roberts, M.P.
Dr. Betty Morgan (ex officio)
Mrs. Felice Clark :: ::
Miss McDiarmid :: ::
1. APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE: Received from Mr. Tewson,
2. MINUTES OF LIST MEETING: The minutes of the meeting of October 6th having been circulated, were taken as read and confirmed.
3. BUSINESS ARISING ON THE MINUTES:
Formation of Appeal Sub-Committee: The Secretary reported that the need was felt for an appeal committee with members appointed from the Administrative Committee.
It was proposed that the following be asked to serve:
Miss Marian Heatley
It was decided that the Appeals Sub-Committee should be empowered to co-opt other members.
4. Letters from Home Office:
(a). Private adoptions: It was reported that Dr. Morgan and Dr. Ellis had an appointment with Mr. Cooper of the Home Office, in order to discuss the possibility of private adoptions from an extended holiday point of view. In this connection the Secretary reported that a circular letter had been sent to a number of selected people who had previously offered to take our children, and that a great number of replies had been received and analysed into various categories. She felt, however, that it would be as well for a member of the Committee to go through the file of letters from people who were willing to take children and mark those which appeared to be most suitable.
After discussion it was felt that if the Home Office gives permission for children to be placed in private families, the greatest care must be exercised in the inspection of the homes and that this could be best done by our own existing organisations throughout the country.
In order to comply with the Data Protection Act 1998, some names within this file have been redacted. While we have made every effort to comply with the Act, there may be other named individuals within this file who are still living. We will remove any names immediately we are made aware that this is the case or if any offence is caused to living relatives.