HC Deb 11 July 1923 vol 166 cc1325-6

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether, in view of the fact that under American law English women married to Americans are regarded as aliens, he can state whether any other countries adopt a similar policy with respect to alien women marrying their nationals; and whether he will see if there is any possibility of arriving at an agreement internationally?


The law of nearly all foreign countries is in accordance with English law in holding that the wife takes the nationality of her husband. It would not be possible, within the limits of a reply to a question, to state the actual provisions of the law of each country, but information on the subject has been communicated by the Foreign Office to the Joint Committee on the nationality of married women, the substance of which I shall be happy to supply to the hon. Member should he desire it. For reasons given to the Committee, I do not think there is any present possibility of arriving at an international agreement on this question.