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Illegitimate Children (British Fathers)

Volume 438: debated on Monday 9 June 1947

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if any further attention has been given to the desirability of the British Servicemen fathers of German children sharing the financial responsibility for those children; and whether any statistical information on this matter has now been gathered.

The whole question of illegitimate children of British fathers in Germany has recently been carefully reconsidered. A soldier serving in Germany can, without difficulty, now make voluntary payments for the maintenance of his child. Similar payments cannot at present be made from outside Germany, but these will be covered by a scheme for private remittances which is at present under discussion. The second part of the Question is for the Service authorities.