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Small Claims (Arbitration)

Volume 888: debated on Monday 10 March 1975

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asked the Attorney-General whether he will take action to extend the Manchester Arbitration Scheme for Small Claims to other areas and encourage the financial provision from local authorities for such extensions.

The Manchester Arbitration Scheme is a voluntary scheme for which the Government have no responsibility. There is a nationwide scheme for dealing with small claims by arbitration in the county court and this scheme has been running very successfully since its introduction in October 1973. In these circumstances my noble Friend could not advise any local authority to provide money for something which could at best simply duplicate the county court system.