HC Deb 03 May 1934 vol 289 c484

asked the Attorney-General whether his attention has been called to a recent case in which it was ruled that a British-born woman married to a citizen of the United States of America could not bring an action for divorce in this country, on the ground that she had no legal domicile here; whether he is aware that there are many cases of this kind; and whether he will take steps to secure an alteration of law so that such anomalies may be removed?

Major GEORGE DAVIES (Lord of the Treasury)

I have been asked to reply. My right hon. and learned Friend has seen a newspaper report of the case referred to. There are many difficulties in the way of legislation to enable the wife of a person domiciled in another country to petition for divorce in this country. The Government do not think that it is practicable to alter the general principle upon which the present law is founded.