Written Answers. - Treatment of Separated Fathers.

Brian Lenihan

Question:

289 Mr. Lenihan asked the Minister for Equality and Law Reform the proposals, if any, he has to improve custody and access for fathers who visit and are in a position to help with the care of their children; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16305/96]

I refer the Deputy to my reply to Questions Nos. 15, 58, 59, 60 and 61 of 11 June 1996. I have nothing further to add to that detailed reply other than to say that a Bill to update aspects of the civil law in relation to children, including custody and access, is in the course of being drafted and the details will be announced in the usual way as soon as possible.