§ Dame Patricia Hornsby-Smith
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he anticipates laying the commencement order in relation to the Maintenance Orders (Reciprocal Enforcement) Act 1972, in view of the hardship suffered by women whose husbands have deserted them and emigrated.
§ Mr. Carlisle
This depends on the speed with which we can negotiate reciprocal arrangements with other countries. Several negotiations are in train, and I hope that some of them will be concluded this summer.