To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the answer of 17 May 2011, Official Report, column 156W, to the hon. Member for Bolton South East, on children: protection and the answer of 19 April 2012, Official Report, column 457W, on children: EU action and pursuant to the answer of 4 July 2012, Official Report, column 653W, to the hon. Member for Slough, on children: EU action, when her Department plans to report on the steps that would be required to ratify and implement the Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse.
As the hon. Member is aware, discussions are taking place across Government to establish a clear picture of current levels of existing compliance. Subject to the successful progression of these discussions, we aim to reach a decision on the steps needed to ratify and implement the convention before the conclusion of this Parliament.