HC Deb 02 August 1951 vol 491 cc1617-8
46. Lieut. -Colonel Lipton

asked the Prime Minister when he anticipates that the Royal Commission on the Marriage Laws will be finally constituted.

Mr. Ede

I have been asked to reply. My right hon. Friend hopes that it will be possible to make an announcement very shortly.

Lieut. -Colonel Lipton

As the appointment of this Royal Commission was rather grudgingly conceded in the first instance, may we have an assurance that the authorities concerned are not halfhearted in getting it constituted, because, on its final decision the solution of scores of thousands of human tragedies will depend?

Mr. Ede

Yes, but delay is not the responsibility of my right hon. Friend. People invited to serve do not always answer by return of post.