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Thailand: Children

Volume 507: debated on Tuesday 16 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will take steps to seek to secure the accession of Thailand to the Hague Convention on international child abduction; and if he will make a statement. (321920)

Thailand acceded to the 1980 Hague convention on the civil aspects of international child abduction on 14 August 2002. The convention is not however in force between the United Kingdom and Thailand. Before entering into force with a country that accedes to the convention we need to be satisfied that the country has put in place the necessary systems to support its operation. To date we have not received sufficient information in order to be satisfied that Thailand has done so.