HC Deb 16 May 1968 vol 764 cc1371-2
2. Mr. Lipton

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what further progress has been made in dealing with the issues raised by the case of Mr. H. J. Pilcher, of 162, Brixton Hill Court, S.W.2, since the Home Office pro- posals were made known to the Conference of Commonwealth Law Ministers held in 1966.

The Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department (Mr. Elystan Morgan)

The point has been noted for amendment of the Maintenance Orders (Facilities for Enforcement) Act, 1920, but my right hon. Friend cannot hold out hope of early legislation.

Mr. Lipton

Is my hon. Friend aware that I have been in correspondence about this case with a succession of Home Secretaries since 1958? When will some action be taken to remedy the very serious injustices suffered by my constituent, and possibly by others in this connection?

Mr. Morgan

I am aware of my hon. Friend's efforts in this matter. The subject matter is complex and, to some extent, dependent on development in other countries. It is, however, of concern to comparatively few parties to maintenance orders and cannot be given undue priority. My hon. Friend will be aware of the Conference of Commonwealth Law Ministers which was held in 1966.

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