HC Deb 28 October 1987 vol 121 cc267-8W
Mr. Kirkwood

asked the Attorney-General when the provisions of the Family Law Act 1987 which relate to illegitimacy will be implemented.

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The Right Hon. Lord Justice Mustill Lord Justice of Appeal

The Attorney-General

The Lord Chancellor intends to bring the Family Law Reform Act 1987, which reforms the law relating to the consequences of birth outside marriage, into force when the necessary resources arc available. Bringing part II of the Act (Rights and Duties of Parents etc.) into force will require considerable expenditure in terms of staff and legal aid, for which resources will not be available until after 1988. Other plans and priorities will determine when resources can be made available thereafter, but the Lord Chancellor will keep the matter under close review.

The Lord Chancellor hopes to bring the rest of the Act, which does not involve the expenditure of significant resources, into force by early 1988.

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