§ 26. Mr. Symonds
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether, on humanitarian grounds, he will consider introducing legislation to amend the Adoption Acts to enable British subjects to adopt war orphans alien origin.
§ Mr. Ede
As indicated in the reply I gave on 28th February, 1946, to my 2203 hon. Friend the Member for South Croydon (Mr. Rees-Williams) this question has been noted for consideration when there is an opportunity for amending legislation, but I am not in a position to hold out hope of legislation in the near future.
§ Mr. Symonds
In the meantime, what is the state of such children in this country? Will they remain stateless and parentless indefinitely?
§ Mr. Hector Hughes
Could the same end not be achieved without legislation by allowing such children to be naturalised and get the British nationality of their intended adopted parents?