HL Deb 02 November 1983 vol 444 c563

3.7 p.m.

The Lord Chancellor (Lord Hailsham of Saint Marylebone)

My Lords, I beg to introduce a Bill to amend the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 so far as it restricts the time within which proceedings for divorce or nullity of marriage can be instituted; to amend that Act, the Domestic Proceedings and Magistrates' Courts Act 1978 and the Magistrates' Courts Act 1980 so far as they relate to the exercise of the jurisdiction of courts in England and Wales to make provision for financial relief or to exercise related powers in matrimonial and certain other family proceedings; to make provision for financial relief to be available where a marriage has been dissolved or annulled, or the parties to a marriage have been legally separated, in a country overseas; to make related amendments in the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975; to make provision for the distribution and transfer between the High Court and county courts of, and the exercise in those courts of jurisdiction in, family business and family proceedings, and to repeal and re-enact with amendments certain provisions conferring on designated county courts jurisdiction in matrimonial proceedings; to impose a duty to notify changes of address on persons liable to make payments under maintenance orders enforceable under Part II of the Maintenance Orders Act 1950 or Part I of the Maintenance Orders Act 1958; and for connected purposes.

I beg to move that this Bill be now read a first time.

Moved, That the Bill be now read a first time—(The Lord Chancellor.)

Lord Elwyn-Jones

My Lords, may I ask the noble and learned Lord whether that is the Long Title or the Short Title?

The Lord Chancellor

My Lords, it is not nearly as long as my Second Reading speech will be.

On Question, Bill read a first time, and to be printed.