HC Deb 16 July 1941 vol 373 cc605-6
67. Mr. Hannah

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he will consider so amending the law as to make it possible for soldiers on service to be married by proxy, in cases where special conditions make this desirable?

Mr. Law

While I have seen no evidence of any general demand for facilities for marriage by proxy, I am aware of the difficulties that frequently face personnel of His Majesty's Forces who have made arrangements to get married and are moved at short notice to another part: of the country or are unable to get leave. Consultations have taken place between the Service Departments and the leaders of the Churches on this question, and it has now been decided to submit to Parliament after the Recess a short Bill which it is hoped will help to overcome some of the present difficulties.

Mr. Hannah

Is not a form of marriage which is good enough for emperors and kings good enough for private soldiers?