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War Savings Certificates (Adopted Children)

Volume 411: debated on Tuesday 29 May 1945

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will take steps to caution purchasers of War Savings Certificates that if they place these certificates to the credit of a legally adopted child they will lose all claim on the money should the child die.

As my hon. Friend is aware, succession to the property of an adopted child, including Savings Certificates of which the child is the owner, is governed by the general law of the country. I cannot undertake that the existing state of the law on this matter will be specially brought to the notice of the purchasers of Savings Certificates.