HC Deb 23 July 1941 vol 373 cc897-8W
Mr. Hannah

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he realises the position brought about by the inability of members of His Majesty's Forces stationed abroad to marry at the present time, and that an Act passed after the Recess may be too late to prevent children being born out of wedlock; and will he devise some emergency legislation to meet this situation?

Mr. Sandys

As was stated to my hon. Friend in an answer on 16th July, there is no evidence of any widespread desire for facilities for marriage by proxy, which I assume my hon. Friend has in mind, and there is no present intention to introduce legislation of this kind. The Bill referred to in the answer of 16th July relates solely to personnel of His Majesty's Forces stationed in this country and is designed to meet some of the difficulties which arise when members of the Forces who have made arrangements to get married are moved at short notice or are unable to get leave.