Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction

Ministry of Justice written question – answered at on 23 July 2018.

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Photo of Wes Streeting Wes Streeting Labour, Ilford North

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the number of Hague Convention on Child Abduction cases in England and Wales in each year since 2004; how many children were ordered to remain in England and Wales as a result of those cases; and how many children were allowed to leave the country as a result of those cases.

Photo of Lucy Frazer Lucy Frazer The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

The statistics currently available on the number of cases under the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction for the years 2014 to 2016 are at

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/643446/rcj-tables-2016.xlsx at tabs 4.2 and 4.3. There are no currently verified statistics for the years 2004-2013 or after 2016. A case can involve more than one child. The known decisions of the court in these cases on return or non-return are as shown in the table. Information on how many children were the subject of return orders or non-return orders could only be obtained by analysis of individual case files at disproportionate cost.

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