§ MR. BRADLAUGH (Northampton)
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the note in italics at the head of the Return, "Inferior Courts of Record," showing that such Return is "preliminary," If he can state when the complete Return is likely to be laid before the House; and, in the event of it being impossible to furnish such Return by an early day, whether he can make any statement as to the probable number and nature of the Inferior Courts not included in the Preliminary Return?
§ THE UNDER SECRETARY of STATE (Mr. STUART-WORTLEY) (Sheffield, Hallam)
(who replied) said: It is impossible to say when the complete Return will be ready. Urgent application for the requisite particulars has 441 been made to 194 Courts, in addition to those to which the preliminary Return relates. Inasmuch as there are doubts whether many of these Courts are not obsolete, much difficulty is anticipated in obtaining the whole of the information sought for. As to their nature, 57 of them are Courts of Request; 56 "Hundred" Courts; 75 Borough Courts; one is a University Chancellor's Court; and five are miscellaneous.