§ Mrs. Dunwoody
To ask the Attorney-General what information he has as to the percentage of solicitors' practices undertaking legal aid in respect of matrimonial disputes in the Cheshire area, in the years 1979–80 and 1987–88.
§ The Attorney-General
No information is available in respect of Cheshire alone or, as yet, for 1987–88. In 1986–87, the last year for which information is currently available, in the south-west and Wales region, which includes most of Cheshire, 1,831 solicitors' offices received legal aid payments for matrimonial proceedings in the county court; and 792 for High Court proceedings. The information available from 1979–80 cannot be analysed in this form. No information is collected by the Lord Chancellor's Department on the total number of solicitors' practices, so it is not possible to say what proportion of solicitors' practices these figures represent.