§ As amended (in the Standing Committee), considered.
§ 11.15 a.m.
§ Mr. Speaker
Order. I have posted up, as is my wont, the Amendments which I have selected for consideration.
The first Amendment is new Clause 1—'(Decree to be refused in certain circumstances)'with which I propose that we take new Clause 6—"Comparative hardship"—plus Amendment No. 14, in page 2, line 10, Clause 2, leave out '4' and insert:'(Decree to be refused in certain circumstances)'815 and Amendment No. 20, in page 3, line 36, leave out Clause 4.
§ Mr. Leo Abse (Pontypool)
On a point of order. I wonder whether I might commend to you, Mr. Speaker, that we take new Clause 9—"Voluntary restriction of divorce"—and Amendment No. 10, in page 2, line 3, Clause 2, at end insert:(2) The court shall not hold the marriage to have broken down irretrievably if the respondent satisfies the court
together as they both deal with the principle whether a marriage in certain but different circumstances should be indissoluble, the principle against which is the same?
- (a) that the marriage was entered into after the commencement of this Act by a religious ceremony;
- (b) that notwithstanding subsection 1 above, granting the petition would conflict with tenets of the religion according to the rites of which the marriage ceremony took place; and
- (c) that both the petitioner and the respondent knew, at the time of the marriage, of the relevant tenets of the religion concerned.
§ Mr. Speaker
Order. The usual request I receive is for hon. Members to want more to be selected than fewer or fewer to be grouped. The matter for selection and grouping, however, is for the Chair.