HC Deb 09 July 1981 vol 8 cc679-80

In section 10(1), for the definition of "matrimonial cause" substitute— matrimonial cause" means an action for divorce, nullity of marriage, judicial separation, or jactitation of marriage or an application under section 3 of the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973;'.—[The Solicitor-General.]

at an open door on most of these points. I understand what they are talking about. I want to hold as fair a balance as possible between the parties.

I do not wish the court, especially anyone less than the judges, to have the right simply to say "You will go here. You will go there. You will go elsewhere." I am on record over the years as saying so. I hope that my assurances will set hon. Members' minds at rest. Having obtained them myself, they have helped to set my mind at rest.

Amendment negatived.

Amendments made: No. 24 in page 99, line 3, leave out from 'which' to end of line 5 and insert '(disregarding any limitation by reason of amount or value or annual value) a county court would have jurisdiction to hear and determine if they were commenced in it'.

No. 25 in line 9, leave out from 'applications' to end of line 11 and insert 'relating to the adoption or custody of, or access to, minors (including applications relating to guardianship or custodianship): (3A) This section applies to all proceedings transferred to the High Court under section 75B or 75C of this Act.'.

No. 27, in page 100, line 1, leave out from beginning to 'At' in line 8 and insert—

The Solicitor-General

I beg to move amendment No. 33, in page 112, line 39, at end add—