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