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Children: Maintenance

Volume 475: debated on Monday 28 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he expects the European Union to ratify the Hague Maintenance Convention. (201973)

The 2007 Hague Convention on the International Recovery of Child Support and other Forms of Family Maintenance will be ratified by the European Union on behalf of all member states. The European Union has not yet indicated when they expect to be able to do this.

Work is being taken forward on this ratification in tandem with the negotiation of a new EU regulation on maintenance.