HC Deb 14 July 1980 vol 988 c432W
Mrs. Renée Short

asked the Attorney-General what was the cost of legal aid in divorce litigation for each of the last five years.

The Solicitor-General

No separate figures for divorce are available. The gross cost of legal aid for all matrimonial proceedings in the High Court and county courts in the last five years was:

1975–76 £16,422,150
1976–77 £21,108,120
1977–78 £23,898,437
1978–79 £23,826,736
1979–80 £23,462,701

The net annual cost of legal advice and assistance in connection with divorce and judicial separation for which figures are available was:

1978–79 £3,718,525
1979–80 £5,259,965