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Law Society

Volume 885: debated on Monday 3 February 1975

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asked the Attorney-General when it is intended to appoint a lay observer under Secton 45 of the Solicitors Act 1974.

My noble Friend the Lord Chancellor has appointed Rear Admiral B. C. G. Place to be a lay observer with effect from 17th February 1975.

I thank my hon. and learned Friend for that reply. Will he undertake to keep a close watch on the situation during the next year or so? It took four years of parliamentary struggle to persuade the Law Society to, have a lay observer, and it is important that the system works well.

I am sure my hon. Friend will accept that I am as anxious as he is to ensure that this will provide an effective voice for the layman.