HL Deb 03 September 1998 vol 593 cc53-4WA
Earl Russell

asked Her Majesty's Government:

When they expect to be in a position to announce the results of their review of the habitual residence test. [HL3193]

Baroness Hollis of Heigham

Work on the review of the habitual residence test is ongoing. However we wish to take account of all relevant evidence and information before drawing any conclusions. This clearly needs to include the outcome of litigation which could have a significant impact on the scope for reform of the test, such as the case of Mr. Robin Swaddling currently under consideration by the European Court of Justice. We expect to bring forward our recommendations later this year.