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Legal Aid And Advice (Committee's Report)

Volume 440: debated on Tuesday 22 July 1947

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he has considered the recommendations of the Committee on Legal Aid and Legal Advice in Scotland; and if he proposes to take any action thereon.

I am considering, in consultation with my right hon Friend the Lord Advocate, the recommendations made in the Report of the Cameron Committee, and discussions are now proceeding with representatives of the legal profession with a view to preparing a scheme of legal aid and legal advice in the light of the Committee's recommendations.

In preparing this scheme, will my right hon. Friend keep before him the proposals of the Muir Society on this important question?

May I ask whether this scheme will be ready for legislation next year, because it would be rather nice to have some useful legislation next year?

All I can say is that all the legislation submitted to this House by this Government is useful legislation.

Will not my right hon. Friend indicate whether or not he will keep the proposals of the Muir Society before him in dealing with the Cameron Report?

I assure my hon. Friend that we will give full consideration to all proposals when dealing with this matter.