HC Deb 14 June 1979 vol 968 cc305-6W
Mr. Greville Janner

asked the Lord Privy Seal when he expects the draft convention between the United Kingdom and the United States of America providing for the reciprocal recognition and enforcements of judgments in civil matters, whereof the text was initialled on 26 October 1976, to be signed; and when he expects it to be ratified.

Mr. Luce

As a result of representations received from interested persons in both countries, the 1976 text has been the subject of fresh negotiations. A text incorporating agreed amendments forms the subject of a consultative paper which has been circulated by the Lord Chancellor's Department and the Scottish courts administration to a range of interested persons and bodies. Copies have been placed in the libraries of both Houses. When comments have been received it will probably prove necessary to hold further negotiations. It is not at this stage possible to predict dates of signature or ratification.