HC Deb 26 June 1972 vol 839 c238W
72. Mr. Edward Lyons

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he will introduce legislation to ensure that where a court order vesting the legal custody of a child in one parent is not produced, the signed consent of both parents shall be required for such passport formalities as at present require the signature of the father alone.

Mr. Kershaw

The present administrative regulations work well and I would not wish to disturb them. To require a minor, not the subject of a court order, to seek out and obtain the consent of both parents could in many cases cause unnecessary difficulties for him and for the Passport Office.

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