HC Deb 15 July 1872 vol 212 cc1124-5

asked Mr. Attorney General, Whether it is not the case that, under the provisions of "The Married Women's Property Act, 1870," if a woman possessing property and owing money should marry without having any settlement effected, she transfers her property to her husband, but neither her husband nor she herself, nor the property which she has conveyed to him, is liable for her debts; and, whether, if this be the case, he will without delay provide a remedy for such manifest injustice?


said, that under this Act if a woman possessed of property and owing money, and marrying without having any settlement effected, transferred her property to her husband, neither her husband nor herself, nor the property was liable for her debts, and added that that was not the only, nor the worst, result which might follow from the present state of the law. He could not, however, on the 15th of July, undertake to introduce a Bill dealing with the injustices under the Act, when it appeared to him that there were many others which ought to be dealt with at the same time.

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