Law of Succession (Illegitimate Persons)

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 20th July 1966.

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Photo of Mr Leo Abse Mr Leo Abse , Pontypool 12:00 am, 20th July 1966

asked the Attorney-General whether Her Majesty's Government accept the recommendations of the Russell Committee on the law of succession in relation to illegitimate persons; and what action is intended to be taken upon them.

Photo of Sir Elwyn Jones Sir Elwyn Jones , West Ham South

The Government are considering the Report and no decision has yet been reached about the acceptance of the recommendation contained in it.

Photo of Mr Leo Abse Mr Leo Abse , Pontypool

In view of the fact that the Report was almost unanimous, and also that it undoubtedly has been received in many circles with acclamation, and since many of its recommendations are not re- trospective, will my right hon. and learned Friend look at this as a matter of urgency?

Photo of Sir Elwyn Jones Sir Elwyn Jones , West Ham South

Yes, most certainly, but the Report was published only on 13th July, and we are anxious to get the views of the House, the public, and all interested parties before action is taken.