HC Deb 04 May 1944 vol 399 cc1472-3
58. Sir Herbert Williams

asked the Attorney-General whether, having regard to the plight of British women who lose their domicile by marrying men whose domicile is outside the United Kingdom when they are subsequently deserted by their husbands, he will consider the introduction of a Bill on the lines of the Divorce Jurisdiction (Overseas Domicile) Bill, introduced in 1927 by the honourable Member for Croydon, South.

The Solicitor-General for Scotland

As I think my hon. Friend is aware, the solution which he suggests involves legislation in both the countries concerned. My Noble Friend the Lord Chancellor is already in consultation with the appropriate authorities with a view to considering the possibility of reciprocal legislation with the Dominion Governments on the lines of the Matrimonial Causes (Dominions Troops) Act, 1919.

Sir H. Williams

As we have complete power, by our own legislation, to determine the domicile of a person who marries somebody not domiciled in this country, surely we can do this without the necessity of reciprocal legislation?

The Solicitor-General for Scotland

I will convey the remarks of my hon. Friend to my right hon. and learned Friend.