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Hague Child Abduction Convention

Lord Chancellor written question – answered on 16th May 2002.

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Photo of Professor Ross Cranston Professor Ross Cranston Labour, Dudley North

To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what the return rates (a) to and (b) from the UK under the Hague Child Abduction Convention were for each of the last two years for European signatories to the convention.

Photo of Rosie Winterton Rosie Winterton Parliamentary Secretary (Lord Chancellor's Department)

The Lord Chancellor is the central authority for the operation of the convention for England and Wales only. The tables show the return rates to and from England and Wales, for each of the last two years for European signatories to the convention.

Table (a): Return rates to England and Wales
2000 2001
Cases received during the year 88 96
Cases outstanding at end of the year 26 29
Cases where return of child achieved 40 38
Return rate (percentage) 64.5 56.7
Table (b): Return rates from England and Wales
2000 2001
Cases received during the year 139 155
Cases outstanding at end of the year 51 55
Cases where return of child achieved 57 58
Return rate (percentage) 64.8 58

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