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Wednesday, 20 June, 2001, 18:55 GMT 19:55 UK
Queen outlines net adoption clampdown
The Queen's Speech
The Queen revealed new bills affecting the people of Wales
The Queen's Speech has revealed a government crackdown on adoption of children over the internet, which is among several key bills affecting Wales.

The controversy over Judith and Alan Kilshaw's decision to adopt twin babies from the United States led to calls for changes in the law.

The Kilshaws had claimed their adoption of the six-month-old twins - who are now back in the United States - was perfectly lawful.

Judith and Alan Kilshaw with twins
The Kilshaws internet adoption efforts are to be prevented
Mrs Kilshaw, speaking from her Flintshire home in north Wales, said the proposed Adoption and Children Bill went against legal efforts to adopt children.

"This is just making sure that no-one challenges the government," she said.

The couple had suggested they might move from the UK in a fresh bid to adopt children.

Criticism of the Kilshaws actions focused on the lack of regulation over adoption on the internet.

Meanwhile, First Minister Rhodri Morgan has welcomed separate measures for reforming the health service structure in Wales under the NHS (Wales) Bill.

The bill will not improve patient care

Dr Dai Lloyd, health spokesman Plaid Cymru
The bill contains details of the scrapping of local health authorities, which would be replaced with local health groups.

Mr Morgan said the bill - which will first be published in draft form - would create a "greater strategic direction" and local coordination of services.

"I am particularly pleased that there will be an NHS (Wales) Bill which will allow us to implement our planned changes to the NHS in Wales," said Mr Morgan.

nurses on ward
New measures will alter the structure of health authorities
Welsh Health Minister Jane Hutt said the Welsh Assembly would have a "strong voice" in debating the proposals.

The minister revealed the NHS Wales shake-up in February as part of plans to remove a tier of management.

The moves are aimed at improving delivery of patient care by cutting waiting times and creating salaried GPs.

Ms Hutt said she hoped the bill could include the assembly's own additional reforms contained in the report Improving Health in Wales.

But Plaid Cymru's health spokesman, Dr Dai Lloyd, said the new bill was a "missed opportunity".

"The bill will not improve patient care," he said.

"The real problems of our worsening health record and the need to treat patients will remain."

Welsh Liberal Democrat housing spokesperson Peter Black said he was disappointed the Queen's Speech did not include measures to tackle homelessness.

Separate moves to make St David's Day a public holiday failed to make it into the government's legislative programme for this parliament.

BBC Wales's political correspondent David Cornock
"The saga of the internet twins will now lead to a change in the law"
Welsh Secretary Paul Murphy at Westminster
"It is a question of standardising adoption procedures internationally. The bill is good news"

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