HC Deb 17 November 1953 vol 520 cc1541-2
11. Mr. Hannan

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he has now decided to introduce legislation to amend the Children and Young Persons (Scotland) Act, 1937, so that an order made in a Scottish court committing a child to the care of a Scottish local authority can be enforced if the child is subsequently abducted to England.

Mr. Henderson Stewart

My right hon. Friend agrees that the law requires amendment in this respect, but he is unable at present to say when the necessary legislation can be introduced.

Mr. Hannan

Is my hon. Friend aware of the great danger of leaving this loophole whereby irresponsible parents can evade the law? Will he make strenuous representations to introduce early legislation?

Mr. Stewart

I share the hon. Gentleman's view, and we are doing everything possible to take the necessary action. I hope that we shall be able to announce something fairly soon.

Mr. Woodburn

Is the Minister aware that if his right hon. Friend takes action we shall facilitate its progress in the Scottish Grand Committee, so there is no excuse for delay?