Child Adoption.

Oral Answers to Questions — Ireland. – in the House of Commons on 14th February 1922.

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Photo of Mr Neville Chamberlain Mr Neville Chamberlain , Birmingham, Ladywood

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asked the Home Secretary whether he has considered the recommendations of the Departmental Committee on Child Adoption, presided over by Sir Alfred Hopkinson, K.C.; and whether he proposes to introduce any legislation upon the subject in the course of the present Session?

Photo of Mr Edward Shortt Mr Edward Shortt , Newcastle upon Tyne West

I hope a Bill may be introduced to give effect to the Committee's recommendation as to the legitimation of children by the subsequent marriage of their parents; but there appear to be very great difficulties in the way of carrying out the proposal for the legalisation of adoption.

Photo of Mr Edward Shortt Mr Edward Shortt , Newcastle upon Tyne West

The difficulties are of a very complicated nature, and they can hardly be given in reply to a supplementary question.

Photo of Viscountess Nancy Astor Viscountess Nancy Astor , Plymouth, Sutton

Is it not true that in other countries where it has been tried it has been a great success?

Photo of Mr Edward Shortt Mr Edward Shortt , Newcastle upon Tyne West

I think that is so generally, and I hope that eventually it may be tried here. I shall be very glad if Members interested would discuss it with me.