HC Deb 22 June 1950 vol 476 c1462
33. Mr. Sorensen

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department why the number of applications for affiliation orders in England and Wales have not been made public since 1935 although orders granted have been published; and whether the percentage of orders granted is approximately the same now as the average for the 10 years before 1935.

Mr. Ede

It was decided in 1938 to discontinue recording, for the purposes of the criminal statistics for England and Wales, the number of applications made for affiliation and other maintenance orders, the reason being to save labour. These particulars have, however, again been collected since 1st January, 1949. The number of affiliation orders made in 1949 was 83 per cent. of the total applications, the corresponding figure for the 10 years 1926 to 1935 being 80 per cent.

Mr. Sorensen

Can my right hon. Friend say whether these figures will, henceforth, be published every year?

Mr. Ede

Yes, Sir.

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