§ 9. Miss RATHBONE
asked the Secretary of State for India if he will endeavour to expedite the replies of the local Governments to the inquiries addressed to them by the Government of India concerning the measures proposed to facilitate the enforcement of the Child Marriage Restraint Act, 1928, in view of the fact that the Act is now about to come into operation?
§ Miss RATHBONE
Will the right hon. Gentleman tell us a little more in view of the fact that the Child Marriage Act is about to become operative, and that it is over six months since the report of the Age of Consent Committee was published. As that Report is of a most important character, the opinion of women who believe in reform in this matter is exacerbated by what they regard as the supineness of the Central Government on the subject.
Is it not possible for the right hon. Gentleman to give us more information on this question in which great interest is taken in all parts of the House? Does he realise that if he makes regulations the Local Government will have to see that they are strictly and rigidly put into operation?
§ Sir NICHOLAS GRATTAN-DOYLE
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that infants as soon as they are born are being married at the present time in order to avoid the Act?