§ Mr. Ede
The number of men committed to prison by magistrates' courts in 1950 for failing to pay maintenance to their wives was 3,544. Similar information is not available for the High Court but I am informed that only five warrants of commitment for debt were issued by the Divorce Division in the same period.
§ Lieut.-Colonel Lipton
Will my right hon. Friend bring these distressing figures, which have more than doubled in the last 10 years and which seem to be still increasing, to the notice of the Royal Commission on Matrimonial Law when it is set up?
Mr. Geoffrey Wilson
Can the right hon. Gentleman say how many of the men who went to prison went there voluntarily rather than pay the alimony?