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Magistrates' Courts Committees (Expenditure)

Volume 529: debated on Tuesday 1 June 1954

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he is satisfied that magistrates' courts committees have sufficient discretionary powers in regard to staffing and equipping their petty sessional divisions.

I have recently relaxed in some respects the financial control which I exercised over the expenditure of magistrates' courts committees. In view of the continuing need for economy, I do not at present feel able to make further relaxations, but I have no reason to think that these restrictions are hampering the committees in the exercise of their functions. I shall continue to keep the position under review.