HC Deb 09 October 1945 vol 414 c107W
Mr. Sparks

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will introduce legislation to amend the Legitimacy Act, 1926, by deleting Clause 1 (2) and thereby legitimate all illegitimate persons whose parents subsequently marry.

Mr. Ede

No, Sir. The effect of deleting Section 1 (2) of the Act of 1926 would be to extend the legitimation of an illegitimate child to a child whose father or mother was married to a third person at the time of its birth. This is a proposal to which there was considerable opposition when the Act of 1926 was under discussion and since then no evidence has been received by my Department that such an amendment of the law would be generally acceptable.