HC Deb 25 July 1986 vol 102 c651W
Dr. Godman

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) how many divorces there have been in the Province in each of the past five years for which figures are available; and if he will express these figures as a rate in respect of marriages;

(2) if he will now reply to the question from the hon. Member for Greenock and Port Glasgow tabled for priority written answer on 4 July, 24W, concerning divorces in the Province.

Mr. Scott

The information is as follows:

Year Number of divorces (Decrees Absolute) Divorce rate per 1,000 marriages
1981 1,355 14.1
1982 1,387 14.0
1983 1,678 16.8
1984 1,547 14.9
1985 1,602 15.5