HC Deb 09 February 1933 vol 274 cc342-3
27. Mr. JOEL

asked the Home Secretary the names of those countries which do not confer nationality upon a woman on her marriage; and whether the new order relieving women of original British nationality married to foreigners from the necessity of registering in this country applies to those travelling with their husbands as well as to those travelling singly?


The general principle adopted by most of the European States and throughout the British Empire is that the nationality of a married woman follows the nationality of the husband. It is impossible to summarise within the limits of an answer to a Parliamentary question the diversity of practice in States which do not adopt this general principle. The recent Order exempting from registration women who have lost British nationality as a consequence of marriage makes no distinction between those who have and those who have not under the laws of the foreign State acquired the husband's nationality, nor does the Order make any distinction between women travelling with their husbands and women travelling singly.


How many women were affected by this recent Order with regard to nationalisation?


I would like notice of the question.


Is it proposed to bring in any Bill to put the nationality of British women on a better footing


I should be obliged if the hon. Member would put that question on the Paper.