Oral Answers to Questions — Ceylon (Children and Young Persons).

– in the House of Commons on 18th March 1942.

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Mr. Creech Jones:

asked the Undersecretary of State for the Colonies whether the Children and Young Persons Ordinance, 1939, and the Adoption of Children Ordinance, 1941, of Ceylon, have yet been put into operation?

Photo of Mr Harold Macmillan Mr Harold Macmillan , Stockton-on-Tees

According to my latest information, neither Ordinance is yet in operation. The administrative arrangements necessary are still under consideration in Ceylon.

Mr. Creech Jones:

In view of the very long and unhappy story of this Colony, will not the Colonial Office, in spite of the war, put the utmost pressure upon the Government of Ceylon to put these two Ordinances into operation?

Photo of Mr Harold Macmillan Mr Harold Macmillan , Stockton-on-Tees

I would like to consider that suggestion, but I would point out that the Government of Ceylon are trying to deal with a great number of questions at the present time.

Mr. Creech Jones:

Is not the Minister aware that the Government of Ceylon, in spite of their promise, have delayed giving effect to this matter for over 10 years?