Oral Answers to Questions — British Wives of Aliens (Nationality)

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 22nd March 1945.

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Photo of Miss Thelma Cazalet Miss Thelma Cazalet , Islington East 12:00 am, 22nd March 1945

asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the fact that consultations are now taking place with the Dominions in connection with certain Poles being granted British nationality, he will take this opportunity to discuss with them the question of British-born women retaining their nationality on marriage with an alien.

Photo of Miss Thelma Cazalet Miss Thelma Cazalet , Islington East

In view of the great difficulty of finding time for discussing this matter at regular Dominion conferences, will the right hon. Gentleman not reconsider it?

Photo of Mr Clement Attlee Mr Clement Attlee , Stepney Limehouse

We have considered dealing with it at an appropriate time. I am quite sure that the present time is not appropriate.

Photo of Commander Sir Peter Agnew Commander Sir Peter Agnew , Camborne

Will the right hon. Gentleman see that in a ease where a British women marries a Pole, the conditions will be such as to make the woman happy and proud to retain her husband's nationality?

Photo of Mr Clement Attlee Mr Clement Attlee , Stepney Limehouse

I am afraid that the hon. and gallant Member is attributing greater power to the Government than we possess.