Grandparents (Rights of Access) Bill (October 23rd 2007)
North Thanetís MP, Roger Gale, is one of the all-party main sponsors of the Grandparents (Rights of Access) Bill presented to the Commons today by Ian Cawsey MP under the Ten Minute Rule.
"Although Ten Minute Rule Bills have little chance of success at this time in the parliamentary session" says Roger Gale "the fact that the issue has been flagged up with cross-party support on the floor of the House of Commons is important.
It must be appropriate for the rights of grandparents to have access to their grandchildren, on reasonable terms and most normal conditions, to be enshrined in law.
It is the sad but at present undeniable case that when partnerships and marriages break up children find themselves forcibly estranged from not only one or other parent for much of the time but from their grandparents, sometimes on both sides, as well.
Under the circumstances of relationship breakdown grandparents who are not party to a dispute can often have a very great deal to offer by way of continuity of relationships, support and sometimes care.
I am quite certain that although this measure may not make progress immediately its time will come and that we shall see this measure either enacted as a free-standing Bill or, alternatively, encapsulated within other, perhaps government, legislation.