HC Deb 15 June 1875 vol 224 c1919

asked the First Commissioner of Works, Whether it be the fact that no room has been reserved or can be afforded for the Court of Appeal in the Courts of Justice now in course of erection; if so, whether the omission from the design was accidental; whether there has been any proposal by private persons to erect a Court of Appeal and to let or lend it to the Nation; and, if so, whether the Government have come to any decision on that proposal.


The Courts of Justice now in course of erection do contain a Court for the Lord Chancellor and one for the Lords Justices; but there is no special provision for a Court of Appeal; for the simple reason that the designs for that building were approved and the contract signed before the passing of the Judicature Act of 1873. With regard to the second part of the Question, I have been informed that the Society of Lincoln's Inn were willing to construct a Court of Appeal and lease or lend it to the Government; but as that proposal has never been made to me in an official way Her Majesty's Government have not been called upon to form a decision upon it.