HC Deb 18 July 1946 vol 425 c1375
37. Lord John Hope

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will consider amending the present law so that a deserted wife who resides in Scotland may not be prevented from suing for maintenance because her husband resides in England.

Mr. Ede

I agree that amendment of the existing law is desirable, but I regret that, in view of the complexity of the subject, and the many other demands on the Government's legislative programme, I cannot hold out any hope of legislation at the present time.

Lord John Hope

While I appreciate the right hon. Gentleman's difficulties, may I ask if this would not be a good time for helpful legislation?

Mr. Cocks

Is it possible for a deserted wife in England to claim maintenance from her husband in Scotland, or is there no hope in that case?

Mr. Ede

There is a case for reciprocity in this matter, which I am examining with my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Scotland.