HC Deb 14 July 1959 vol 609 cc196-7
24. Mrs. Mann

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he will introduce legislation to regulate the marriage in Scotland of young persons not normally resident there.

Mr. Maclay

This Question has been considered in the past, but it has not been possible to discover any practicable method of regulating such marriages which would not involve a fundamental alteration in the Scottish marriage law.

Mrs. Mann

Has the right hon. Gentleman consulted the Home Secretary in regard to the suggestion put forward by the Law Society of England and Wales that both laws should harmonise and so prevent Scotland being able to flout the English laws?

Mr. Maclay

I am not certain what the hon. Lady is referring to. She may know that there is a committee sitting to consider the problem of the evasion of orders in English courts by people crossing the Border.