HC Deb 28 July 1959 vol 610 c55W
95. Sir H. Lucas-Tooth

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will propose the setting up of a Royal Commission to inquire into the law relating to illegitimate children and to make recommendations for its amendment in the light of modern developments in the fields of divorce, adoption, guardianship and the devolution of property.

Mr. R. A. Butler

No. We have the report of the Royal Commission on Marriage and Divorce and that of the Committee on the Law of Intestate Succession, and if the Legitimacy Bill now before Parliament passes into law we should give the new provisions a little time to operate. These and other considerations point to postponing any further inquiry.