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Volume 174: debated on Thursday 14 June 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many decrees of divorce were granted in Scotland in the last year for which figures are available; and if he will break this figure down on the basis of the grounds of divorce used to establish the irretrievable breakdown of the marriage.

The numbers of decrees of divorce granted in Scotland for 1988, the latest year for which figures are available, broken down by grounds are set out in the table.

Non-cohabitation for 2 years with consent4,879
Non-cohabitation for 5 years1,626
Cases with more than one ground12

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what is his estimate, using current divorce statistics, of the percentage of marriages now contracted in Scotland which will end in divorce.

A paper on "Trends in Marriage and Divorce in Scotland 1951–1987", published by the Registrar General for Scotland with the vital statistics return for the week 17–20 June 1989, estimated that approximately one quarter of recent Scottish marriages would end in divorce.