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Marriages, Gretna.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland. – in the House of Commons on 24th July 1935.

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Photo of Lieut-Colonel Sir Thomas Moore Lieut-Colonel Sir Thomas Moore , Ayr District of Burghs

56.

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he can now state the result of his conversations with the representative of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in regard to marriages performed at Gretna; and what action, if any, he proposes to take in this connection?

Photo of Mr Archibald Skelton Mr Archibald Skelton , Combined Scottish Universities

My right hon. Friend much regrets that he has not yet been able to meet the Church and Nation Committee of the Church of Scotland, but he hopes to do so during the Recess.

Photo of Lieut-Colonel Sir Thomas Moore Lieut-Colonel Sir Thomas Moore , Ayr District of Burghs

In view of the fact that this is a subject which could most suitably be dealt with by a national Government, will my hon. Friend see that it is dealt with before the end of the present Parliament?

Photo of Mr George Buchanan Mr George Buchanan , Glasgow Gorbals

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that this is a question which affects civil marriage, and will be take steps before taking any action to consult the authorities who have to deal with civil marriage as well as those connected with the churches?

Photo of Mr Archibald Skelton Mr Archibald Skelton , Combined Scottish Universities

There is no question of taking any action at the moment. It is a question of discussion with the committee which wishes to put its views before my right hon. Friend. Before any action were taken dealing with the law of Scotland in this matter, most careful and full consideration would have to take place.

Photo of Lieut-General Edward Fitzroy Lieut-General Edward Fitzroy , Daventry

I would remind the hon. Member that there are 80 questions on the Paper.