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Legal Aid: Divorce Proceedings Costs

Volume 548: debated on Tuesday 27 July 1993

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asked Her Majesty's Government:What percentage of the total cost of Legal Aid is taken up by divorce proceedings and whether this percentage is rising.

The percentage of total net legal aid expenditure in respect of proceedings ancillary to divorce and defended divorce proceedings (excluding Green Form legal advice and assistance) in the last three years for which information is available is as follows:

1989-9012·4 per cent.£70 million
1990-9112·5 per cent.£85 million
1991-9212·7 per cent.£115 million
Legal aid is not normally available for undefended divorce proceedings. Green Form advice is however available. It is not possible to give separate net figures for individual categories of Green Form expenditure. Gross Green Form expenditure on divorce proceedings (including judicial separation) in 1989-90, 1990-91 and 1991-92 was £22 million, £24 million and £28 million respectively. This accounted for 33-3 per cent., 33.3 per cent. and 28 per cent. of total gross expenditure on Green Form.