HC Deb 01 March 1955 vol 537 cc249-50W
88. Mr. G. M. Thomson

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many small debt actions there were in Scottish courts during the most recent convenient 12-month period; and what percentage of them were in respect of maintenance orders against husbands in respect of their wives and families.

Mr. J. Stuart

The number of actions for debt disposed of by decree in the Sheriff Small Debt Courts in 1953 was 51,364. In practice, actions relating to aliment are raised in the ordinary Sheriff Court. In 1953, there were in the Sheriff Court, 9,516 ordinary actions for debt, and 560 actions relating to husband and wife, a large proportion of which involved aliment.

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