HC Deb 27 May 1943 vol 389 cc1709-10
8. Mr. Pethick-Lawrence

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether any opportunity has yet arisen of implementing the pledge made in March last respecting further consultation with the Dominions with a view to seeking a way round the difficulties regarding a revision of the law relating to the nationality of married women?

The Secretary of State for the Home Department (Mr. Herbert Morrison)

No suitable opportunity of consultation with the Dominions has yet occurred. The matter will not be lost sight of.

Dr. Edith Summerskill

Can the right hon. Gentleman say whether this is another half promise which has been given to women and which the Government have no desire to implement?

Mr. Morrison

The Government have not decided whether to implement it or not. The Government said they would take the opportunity, when it arose, of consultation with the Dominions, who are involved.

Dr. Summerskill

In view of the fact that the Debate took place two months ago, could the right hon. Gentleman say when an opportunity will arise?

Mr. Morrison

I cannot say. My hon. Friendis always looking for injustices to women when they do not always exist; she is over-conscious about it. It is a question of the right sort of consultation, and it is very difficult to do, in the midst of war, by telegraphic communication. I am afraid it may have to be personal consultation when the opportunity arises.

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