Emigrants' Wives (Maintenance Orders)

Oral Answers to Questions — Commonwealth Relations – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 6th March 1952.

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Photo of Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke , Darwen 12:00 am, 6th March 1952

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations with which of the Commonwealth Governments there are no agreements for the enforcing by them of maintenance orders made by United Kingdom courts; whether he is aware of the hardship caused to wives of emigrants whose maintenance orders cannot be enforced; and what steps he proposes to take to try to give them a remedy.

Photo of Sir John Foster Sir John Foster , Northwich

The only territories of members of the Commonwealth other than the United Kingdom to which the Maintenance Orders (Facilities for Enforcement) Act, 1920, has not been extended by Order in Council are the Canadian Provinces of Quebec and New Brunswick and those parts of India and Pakistan which were not formerly part of British India.

The Act will be extended to New Brunswick in the near future, but the legislature of Quebec has not yet made the provision necessary to enable the Act to be extended to Quebec. The position of the former Indian States is under consideration.