HC Deb 09 February 1938 vol 331 cc1057-8W
Mr. Crowder

asked the Attorney-General whether his attention has been called to the increasing volume of work which is being thrown on the poor persons' aid societies by poor persons seeking divorce under the new matrimonial rules; and whether it is proposed to take any special steps to deal with this situation?

The Attorney-General

The administration of the Rules relating to legal proceedings by and against Poor Persons is in the hands of the Law Society. At the beginning of January, 1938, when the Matrimonial Causes Act, 1937, came into operation, a large number of applications was received daily, but this number has fallen appreciably now and it is believed that the increase will not be more than about 20 per cent. Special steps have been taken to deal with the situation arising in consequence of this increase in the volume of work. Already a number of Poor Persons' Certificates have been granted to persons seeking divorce under the new Act.

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