Birth Certificates

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Public Health – in the House of Commons on 20th April 1944.

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Photo of Sir William Davison Sir William Davison , Kensington South

Has the Minister ever had the pleasure of awarding a scholarship to a girl of 18 to enable her to go to a university, and of seeing her blush scarlet when she was asked to produce her birth certificate to confirm her age because it would disclose that she was illegitimate? Why should these young people be subjected to this unnecessary humiliation?