Succession (Scotland) Act

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 24th June 1964.

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Photo of Mr Michael Hutchison Mr Michael Hutchison , Edinburgh South 12:00 am, 24th June 1964

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what steps are being taken to make the provisions of the Succession (Scotland) Act known to the public.

Photo of Lady  Grant of Monymusk Lady Grant of Monymusk , Aberdeen South

I would refer my hon. Friend to the Reply my right hon. Friend gave to the hon. Member for Edinburgh, Leith (Mr. Hoy) on 17th June.

Photo of Mr Michael Hutchison Mr Michael Hutchison , Edinburgh South

Does my noble Friend agree that this Act underlines the need for people to make wills and the wisdom of so doing?

Photo of Lady  Grant of Monymusk Lady Grant of Monymusk , Aberdeen South

Yes, Sir. However carefully the Act has been framed, it cannot be anything but a substitute for the making of a will, and I hope that everyone will note how important it is to make a will.

Photo of Miss Peggy Herbison Miss Peggy Herbison , Lanarkshire North

Is the noble Lady aware that the vast majority of women in Scotland know the provisions of the Bill, since they waited many years to get it and had to depend upon this side of the House pushing the Government to bring it forward?

Photo of Lady  Grant of Monymusk Lady Grant of Monymusk , Aberdeen South

The fact remains that it was this Government that got the Bill on the Statute Book.