An independently-funded programme of research into the effectiveness of court-based conciliation schemes is already being carried out. The Lord Chancellor is closely interested in the development of conciliation schemes generally, and is at present considering the recommendation made in the Law Commission's report on the financial consequences of divorce (Law Com. No. 112) that conciliation services should be investigated.
Independent arrangements for conciliation are being introduced into a number of divorce county courts on a local basis in several different forms and no definitive list of such initiatives is at present available, but the Lord Chancellor will write to my hon. Friend to give him the best available information.