§ Mrs. Tate
asked the Prime Minister whether he is aware that the substitution of the phrase father or legal guardian, for the phrase parent or guardian, on passport application forms for minors, is contrary to the spirit of the Guardianship of Infants Act, and is an unnecessary and undesirable change; and will he have the matter rectified immediately?
§ Mr. Butler
No, Sir. As I informed the hon. Member for the English Universities (Miss Rathbone) on the 28th June, no instances have been brought to the notice of my Noble Friend of serious inconvenience having been caused by the operation of this requirement. If in any case there are difficulties in the way of obtaining the father's consent and the circumstances are explained to the Passport Office, the matter can always be arranged and no amendment of the instructions seems to be called for.