HL Deb 30 June 1948 vol 157 c98

Clause 15, page 13, line 24, leave out from ("consents,") to end of line 25, and insert— ("Provided that where a child is too young to form or express a proper opinion or the matter, the Secretary of State may consent to his emigration notwithstanding that the child is unable to consent thereto in any case where the child is to emigrate in company with a parent, guardian or relative of his, or is to emigrate for the purpose of joining a parent, guardian, relative or friend.")


My Lords, it may be desirable to allow a very young child to be emigrated along with other members of his family and thus avoid separating him from the rest of the family. It may also be for the benefit of a very young child that he should be allowed to emigrate in order to join a parent, guardian, relative or friend. This Amendment provides that a child who is in the care of a local authority, and who is too young to consent, may be emigrated (with the Secretary of State's consent) only if (a) he is to be accompanied by a parent, guardian or relative, or (b) he is going to join a parent, guardian, relative or friend. In any other circumstances, the Secretary of State will have no power to consent to the emigration of a child who is too young to give his own consent. I beg to move.

Moved, That this House do agree with the Commons in the said Amendment.—(The Lord Chancellor.)

On Question, Motion agreed to.