HL Deb 02 December 2002 vol 641 c77WA
Lord Lester of Herne Hill

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether it is their intention to withdraw from the European Convention on Adoption in view of the Adoption and Children Act 2002. [HL15]

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath

The United Kingdom is a signatory to the 1967 European Convention on the Adoption of Children, which restricts joint adoption to married couples. In the light of the Adoption and Children Act 2002, it is the Government's intention to denounce this outdated convention.