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Us Servicemen's Dependants (Aid)

Volume 436: debated on Monday 28 April 1947

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether any agreement has been reached with the U.S. authorities on the provision of legal aid for the deserted dependants and mothers of illegitimate children whose alleged fathers are U.S. ex-Servicemen; and whether any progress has been made by welfare agencies or other unofficial bodies in the U.S.A. in the provision of assistance for such dependants and children.

I would refer my hon. Friend to the reply which my right hon. Friend gave on 20th March to the hon. Member for Newport (Mr. Peter Freeman) regarding the arrangements for legal aid. With regard to the second part of the Question our representatives in the United States continue to enjoy the co-operation of American welfare agencies in rendering assistance in such cases. Ways of improving such co-operation are constantly under discussion.