Children: Protection

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 4th February 2008.

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Photo of Chris McCafferty Chris McCafferty Labour, Calder Valley

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he plans to sign the Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Abuse; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Jim Murphy Jim Murphy Minister of State (Europe)

The Government intend to sign the Convention before June 2008.

The Convention is a significant instrument, which contains a number of provisions that will help improve child protection. The UK's signature will be a signal of our continued commitment to this important area of protection.

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