HL Deb 26 March 1998 vol 587 c256WA
Lord Thomas of Macclesfield

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they will review the reservation registered by the Conservative Government regarding the United Kingdom's ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, with particular reference to nationality, immigration, asylum and detention and the practical effects of the reservation since 1991. [HL1078]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord Williams of Mostyn)

We do not intend to review the reservation. We take the view that the United Kingdom's immigration and nationality law is entirely consistent with the thrust of the convention, but believe it is necessary to retain this reservation, which makes it clear that nothing in the convention is to be interpreted as affecting the operation of our immigration and nationality legislation.