§ Mr. Mitchell
To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, pursuant to the answer of 17 November 1997,Official Report, column 57, on the European draft convention concerning harmonisation of court documents and procedures, what changes of Rules of Court will be required; with whom discussions took place in March and April 1997; what parliamentary procedure will govern the ratification of revised Rules of Court; and what discussions he (a) has held and (b) proposes to hold on their implementation; and with which bodies. 
§ Mr. Hoon
A Consultation Paper was issued in March 1997 to 50 individuals and organisations, representing a wide range of interests. Further consultation will take place before implementation with a similarly wide range of bodies. Until our plans for implementation have been finalised it is not known what changes to rules of Court might be required. Under section 3 of the Civil Procedure Act 1997, any changes would be made by Statutory Instrument, subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.