HC Deb 17 July 1979 vol 970 c430W
Mr. Robert Taylor

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many affiliation orders remain in effect having been granted (a) prior to 1968; (b) between 1 January 1968 and 31 December 1972; and (c) between 1 January 1973 and 31 December 1977.

Mr. Brittan

Figures for orders made under the Affiliation Proceedings Act 1957 in each of the years 1964 to 1977 are contained in table G7(a) of the 1977 " Judicial Statistics ", Cmnd. 7254. Information for earlier years is contained in the volume for 1970, Cmnd. 4721. Figures are not available for the number of such orders which are still in effect, but under the provisions of the 1957 Act an affiliation order, unless discharged earlier for any reason, ceases to have effect on the date when the illegitimate child attains the age of sixteen years.