asked the Lord Advocate if he is now in a position to make a further statement about the proposed experimental procedure for small claims in the sheriff court to which he referred in the House on 19th April in response to a Question from the hon. Member for Fife, Central.
I have been working on details of a voluntary small claims pilot scheme and I have consulted interested bodies about the rules of the proposed procedure. I am now in a position to announce that a pilot scheme for claims of up to £500 will commence in Dundee sheriff court on 1st January 1979. This will benefit consumers who wish to pursue their own claims.