Gifts Between Engaged Couples

Part of Orders of the Day — Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 10th April 1970.

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Photo of Mr Eric Ogden Mr Eric Ogden , Liverpool, West Derby 12:00 am, 10th April 1970

That object is acceptable, but I still think that exactly the same result would be achieved if the Amendment were to end with the words if the marriage did not take place". That would mean, "did not take place for any reason".

However, that is a debating point of less importance. My main point is that the engagement ring has been elevated to an importance greater than its worth; it has been given a false importance. The main thing that we should be concerned about is the breakdown of the engagement, not how particular pieces of property may be disposed of. I do not like the Amendment, although it will presumably be accepted.