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Magistrates' Courts

Volume 81: debated on Monday 17 June 1985

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asked the Attorney-General what advice he has given to those benches of magistrates who do not publicise the names of the individual magistrates sitting as a court.

The Lord Chancellor has received representations on the withholding of the names of magistrates and, after consultations with interested parties have been completed, he will consider whether he should issue any advice to magistrates on the subject.

asked the Attorney-General if he will inquire of petty sessional divisions in England and Wales how many and which benches of magistrates refuse to publicise the names of magistrates sitting in the court.

No: I have nothing as yet to add to the answer I have today given to the hon. Member on a related topic.