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Glasgow Sheriff Court

Volume 940: debated on Wednesday 30 November 1977

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asked the Lord Advocate when he next plans to visit the Glasgow Sheriff Court.

I visited Glasgow Sheriff Court on 18th August 1977. My next visit has not yet been arranged.

Does the Lord Advocate not think that it is about time that he called again to see this court? Will he say what steps he has taken to inquire about and take action on the deplorable working conditons in the court since the last time the matter was raised in the House?

I think it is about time that I returned to the court, and I shall go back in the near future. I have taken note of the other points that the hon. Member made. This and other matters are under active consideration by my Department at the moment.

Is my right hon. and learned Friend aware that much of the pressure could be taken off the Glasgow Sheriff Court if many of the less important cases were passed to the district courts and the courts of the justices?

My hon. Friend has made a useful and sensible suggestion, which, I might add, my right hon. Friend and I have under consideration at the moment.