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Regional High Court And Court Of Appeal (York)

Volume 728: debated on Wednesday 18 May 1966

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asked the Attorney-General whether he will take steps to establish a regional high court and court of appeal at York to serve the north-eastern circuit.

As my hon. and learned Friend the Solicitor-General informed the hon. Member for North Fylde (Mr. Clegg) on 4th May, my noble Friend the Lord Chancellor is considering the best means of improving the arrangements for the trial of civil actions outside London.

Can my right hon. and learned Friend say when this consideration is Likely to reach fruition?

The consideration is now taking place and is being dealt with as a matter of considerable public importance. My noble Friend the Lord Chancellor is applying his mind to it immediately and all the time.

Will the right hon. and learned Gentleman appreciate that the important thing is to have a regional high court not only for the North-East but for the whole of the North?

I have no doubt that this suggestion will be among those considered.