HC Deb 01 December 1959 vol 614 cc977-8
2. Mr. Fletcher

asked the Attorney-General how the Legal Aid (Assessment of Resources) (Amendment) Regulations (S.I. 1959, No. 1350) will affect the rights of persons obtaining a legal aid certificate for divorce to have a solicitor and barrister of their own choice.

The Attorney-General

In general, not at all.

Mr. Fletcher

Would the Attorney-General say if it is now the policy of the Government to encourage applicants for legal aid certificates to have solicitors and barristers of their own choice, or to encourage them to rely on the Law Society's staff?

The Attorney-General

There is no encouragement one way or the other. Under the scheme as it now stands, the proportion of cases which go to the divorce department will remain approximately the same as it was.