HC Deb 28 April 1887 vol 314 c236
MR. J. G. TALBOT (Oxford University)

asked the Under Secretary of State for India, Whether the attention of Her Majesty's Government has been called to a recent case in India, referred to in a letter signed "F. M. M." in The Times of the 21st April; and, whether Her Majesty's Government are prepared to take such measures as will prevent for the future the enforcement of infant contracts of marriage by English law, framed for entirely different conditions of society?


I must refer to an answer which I gave to a Question on this subject on March 18. I then stated that as the case might be the subject of appeal, the consideration of the expediency of legislation would, in the opinion of the Secretary of State, be premature. The case is now, I believe, under appeal; and while the legal proceedings are still pending, the Secretary of State adheres to the opinion already expressed.