HC Deb 11 March 1958 vol 584 cc37-8W
92. Mr. Reeves

asked the Attorney-General what action the Government propose to take about Part 12 of the Report of the Royal Commission on Marriage and Divorce, the basis of matrimonial jurisdiction and the recognition of the jurisdiction of other countries; and what views of other Commonwealth Governments have been received about these proposals made by the Royal Commission.

The Attorney-General

The Government have given further consideration to this part of the Royal Commission's Report since the debate in another place last year, but they are not at present convinced either that the state of the law is as unsatisfactory as the Royal Commission suggested or that all the Commission's proposals would improve it. I can therefore hold out no hope of the Government's being able to introduce legislation on this subject in the near future. Eight Commonwealth Governments were consulted about this part of the Report over a year ago: replies have been received from three of them and these are favourable.