HC Deb 13 November 1961 vol 649 cc1-2W
7. Mr. Fletcher

asked the Minister of Pensions and National Insurance whether he is aware of the hardship caused because, under Section 7 (3) of the National Assistance Act, 1948, a married woman who is not living under her husband's roof ceases to be a member of the same household as her husband, whereas under Section 42 of the Act a man is liable for his wife's maintenance whether she is living under the same roof or not, and in the event of failure to provide it and assistance being given under the Act, an offence is committed; and if he will introduce amending legislation.

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

No. But if the hon. Member will let me know the details of any case he has in mind, I will ask the National Assistance Board to make inquiries.