§ 123. Mr. Skeffington-Lodge
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what arrangements he is making for the children of British women by members of the United States Forces, including coloured members, to whom the women were not married, to go to the United States for adoption, and what steps he is taking to safeguard the welfare of the children.
§ Mr. Ede
I have had this matter under consideration for some time. After full inquiry in consultation with the various bodies concerned I have come to the conclusion that no obstacle should be put in the way of emigration of the children to the United States for adoption by relatives, if it is established in a particular case that this would be in the child's interests. Full investigation will first be made both in this country and in the United States, to ensure that a child is not sent unless it is established that his welfare would be best served by joining his relatives in the United States.