HC Deb 22 December 1965 vol 722 cc438-9W
Mr. Wylie

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the cost to the Legal Aid Fund, during each of the last five years, of undefended actions of divorce and unopposed petitions for declarator of nullity of marriage.

Mr. Ross

Figures are not available for the years prior to 1964, in the financial year 1964–65, £184,169 was paid out of the Legal Aid (Scotland) Fund in respect of 2,037 undefended divorces. The net cost to the fund was less than this amount since contributions are received from assisted litigants and expenses recovered from unassisted parties. Their figures could not, however, be provided without considerable expenditure of time and money.

Separate figures for actions of nullity are not available.