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Children: UN Conventions

Volume 689: debated on Wednesday 31 January 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

When they will withdraw their reservation to Article 22 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child affecting immigration and nationality law. [HL1562]

As the Government have said on previous occasions, we believe that without this reservation the interpretation of the UNCRC might come into conflict with the UK's own domestic legislation on immigration. For this reason we think that it is right to retain the reservation as presently worded. The retention of the reservation, however, does not mean that vulnerable children do not have the protection of the UK's own laws. We are satisfied that asylum-seeking children in the UK receive adequate care, protection and support. In addition, domestic legislation also provides protection under the Human Rights Act and the Children Act.