asked the Attorney-General what is his policy towards ratification by Her Majesty's Government of the reciprocal enforcement of judgments convention; and if he will make a statement.
I assume that the hon. Member's Question relates to the accession of the United Kingdom to the EEC convention of 27 September 1968 on jurisdiction and enforcement of judgments in civil and commercial matters. A convention on the accession of the new member States to this convention was signed on behalf of the United Kingdom on 9 October 1978. Substantial legislation will be required before the convention can be ratified. Work on the preparation of that legislation is currently being done in the Department of my noble and learned Friend the Lord Chancellor.