Age of Majority (Committee's Report)

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Labour – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 5th June 1967.

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Photo of Mr Tom Driberg Mr Tom Driberg , Barking 12:00 am, 5th June 1967

asked the Attorney-General what progress is being made by the Lord Chancellor's Committee en- gaged in the study of age of majority; how soon he expects that the report and recommendations of this Committee will be available to Her Majesty's Government; whether the report will be published; and if he will endeavour to expedite the work of this Committee.

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

My noble Friend the Lord Chancellor expects to receive in the very near future the report of Mr. Justic Latey's Committee; he intends to have the report printed and laid before Parliament before the Summer Recess.

Photo of Mr Tom Driberg Mr Tom Driberg , Barking

Would my right hon. and learned Friend convey that very welcome news to the Defence Ministers, since they are awaiting the arrival of this report before deciding the question of an option at the age of 18 for Service recruits who sign on for 12 years at the age of 15?

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

No doubt there is widespread interest in the report, and it will be available before very long.