HC Deb 21 November 1946 vol 430 c172W
141. Mr. Rees-Williams

asked the Attorney-General what steps will be taken by His Majesty's Government to implement the recommendations in the second interim report of the committee on procedure in matrimonial causes.

The Solicitor-General

As stated by my noble Friend the Lord Chancellor on 13th November, the Government have considered the Second Interim Report of the Denning Committee and have decided to adopt the proposals made in Part I of the Report recommending that the county court judges should be appointed as Special Commissioners of the High Court with unlimited jurisdiction in divorce. My noble Friend is now considering the administrative arrangements necessary to implement this part of the Report, and it is hoped that by January the county court judges will be sitting regularly as Special Commissioners of the High Court to take their share of disposing of the mass of divorce cases.

Part II of the Report recommends a large number of reforms in the procedure and practice of the Divorce Court and the Divorce Registry, nearly all of which are directed to reducing costs and securing expedition. This part of the Report is being examined in detail by my noble Friend in consultation with the President of the Divorce Division.