HC Deb 06 April 1976 vol 909 cc109-10W
Mr. Giles Shaw

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the terms and conditions under which people may travel abroad using a joint passport; and whether they are affected by the Sex Discrimination Act.

Mr. Rowlands

The hon. Member is presumably referring to the conditions of use of a family passport. Since October 1973 a family passport may be issued to either a husband or a wife to enable the family to travel together on one passport thus saving the expense of obtaining separate passports. Such a passport may be used only by the spouse in whose name it was issued for travel alone. The Sex Discrimination Act has not changed the conditions of use, since no discrimination is involved.