Written Answers. - International Agreements.

Ruairí Quinn

Question:

544 Mr. Quinn asked the Minister for Health and Children the proposed international multilateral agreements under the auspices of his Department being negotiated or prepared; the international organisation, if any, in each case through whose machinery the agreement is being negotiated; if it is proposed to ratify or accede to the agreement, if adopted; if so, if legislation will be required; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19547/00]

Ruairí Quinn

Question:

545 Mr. Quinn asked the Minister for Health and Children the international multilateral agreements under the auspices of his Department which have not been signed by the State; the date and place it was opened for signature in each case; the international organisation, if any, through whose machinery the agreement was negotiated; if it is proposed to sign the agreement; if so, when; if legislation is required; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19562/00]

Ruairí Quinn

Question:

546 Mr. Quinn asked the Minister for Health and Children the international multilateral agreements under the auspices of his Department which have been signed but not ratified or acceded to by the State; the date and place it was opened for signature in each case; the international organisation, if any, through whose machinery the agreement was negotiated; if it is proposed to ratify or accede to the agreement; if so, when; if legislation is required; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19577/00]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 544 to 546, inclusive, together.

There are no international multilateral agreements under the auspices of my Department currently being negotiated or prepared.

In regard to international agreements signed by the State but not ratified, Ireland has signed the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in respect of Inter-country Adoption, 1993. Legislation is currently being drafted to ratify the convention.