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Marriage Conciliation Service

Volume 31: debated on Friday 12 November 1982

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asked the Attorney-General when he expects his committee to report on a marriage conciliation service scheme; if he will give details of progress the committee is making; and if he will make a statement.

I refer the hon. Member to the answers given to her previous questions on this subject on 8 March 1982—Vol. 19, c. 348.]—and 15 June 1982—[Vol. 25, c. 240.]The committee of officials examining matrimonial conciliation services is expected to report to Ministers in March 1983.

asked the Attorney-General what funds the Lord Chancellor's Department gives the Bristol conciliation marriage scheme; how much he proposes to give it in the financial year 1983–84; and if he will ensure that the scheme can continue until his departmental committee has reported on this matter.

The Lord Chancellor has no power to provide direct funding to the Bristol scheme. The Government are considering a request for further funding.