HC Deb 19 July 1923 vol 166 c2518W

asked the Home Secretary whether his attention has been called to a ruling of the Courts under which the savings of a wife are taken possession of by the official receiver in the event of the bankruptcy of her husband; and whether, in view of the hardship thus entailed, he will consider the desirability of proposing a change in the law in this respect?

Viscount WOLMER

I have been asked to reply. I am aware that the Courts have held that the savings of a married woman from money allowed to her by her husband for household expenses belong to the husband, and, consequently, pass to the Trustee in the event of the bankruptcy of the husband. As at present advised, I am not prepared to recommend an alteration in the law in this respect.