HC Deb 24 February 1971 vol 812 c139W
66. Mr. Dalyell

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what steps he is taking to enforce court orders granting aliment to women and children by separated or divorced husbands; and if he will consider a system whereby collection and payment of such orders is undertaken by the state.

Mr. Buchanan-Smith

Under Scottish laws, the responsibility for enforcing a court decree for aliment rests with the person in whose favour the decree has been granted. The procedure for executing diligence on such decrees and for the enforcement of civil debt generally is at present under review by the Scottish Law Commission.