§ Mr. Kilroy-Silk
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the provisions of the Repatriation of Prisoners Act will come into operation.
§ Mr. Mellor
My right hon. and learned Friend hopes to make an order bringing the Act into operation before the end of March. The United Kingdom will then ratify the Council of Europe convention of the transfer of sentenced persons. The convention will come into force three months after three member states of the council have ratified it; so far only one has done so.