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Matrimonial Causes (Costs)

Volume 984: debated on Thursday 8 May 1980

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asked the Attorney-General if he will make a statement concerning changes in the law and practice recommended by the House of Lords in Hanlon v the Law Society in respect of which judgment was given on 1 May.

The Lord Chancellor has asked the Legal Aid Advisory Committee to consider the operation of the Law Society's charge in matrimonial cases in the light of the suggestions made by the House of Lords in this case and his Department is discussing authority school; 1·1 per cent. at grant-aided schools; and li per cent. independent schools. The figures for secondary school children for the same year were 95·l for education authority; 2·8 for grant-aided; and 2·2 for independent. Comparable figures for each of the previous 10 years were as follows:

Pupils leaving secondary schools in 1979 obtained a total of 81,556 passes at higher grade of the Scottish certificate of education. Of these 86 per cent. were obtained by pupils from education authority schools; 9·9 per cent. by pupils from grant-aided schools; and 4·1 per cent. by pupils from independent schools. Comparable figures for each of the previous 10 years were as follows: the implications of the judgment with the Law Society.