HC Deb 21 June 1944 vol 401 cc195-6
62. Mr. Lipson

asked the Secretary of State for War what financial help is provided for men in the Forces who are compelled by circumstances to institute divorce proceedings against their wives.

Mr. A. Henderson

No cash payments are made to these men but my hon. Friend will appreciate that the benefits of the Army Legal Aid Scheme are available for them.

Mr. Lipson

But is my hon. and learned Friend aware that a private soldier, who found that the Army Legal Scheme functioned too slowly so far as he was concerned, has obtained a divorce, but has been asked to pay£60? As that is quite beyond his means, and most of the money goes in legal fees, could not some of those legal charges be reduced for his benefit?

Mr. Henderson

My hon. Friend is referring to a particular case which he states is not within the Legal Aid Scheme. Perhaps he will let me have particulars.

Mr. Lipson

I have sent them to my hon. and learned Friend.

Mr. Turton

Will the hon. and learned Gentleman make it quite clear that no soldier is compelled to take divorce proceedings?