HC Deb 16 April 1889 vol 335 cc602-3
MR. D. A. THOMAS (Merthy Tydvil)

asked the First Commissioner of Works if he was aware of the great pecuniary loss suffered by suitors, and the inconvenience caused to Judge, Registrar, and legal profession, in consequence of the deficient public accommodation for the transaction of County Court business at Merthyr Tydvil; whether he had received a copy of resolutions, passed unanimously at a public meeting held at Merthyr on 20th March last, presided over by the High Constable, and at which the Registrar was present, condemning the inadequacy of the County Court accommodation in that town; whether he had received a memorial bearing on the same matter from the Merthyr Chamber of Trade; whether his attention had been called to the strong opinion expressed by Judge Williams on the subject while sitting in the place now used for the transaction of County Court business (as reported in the Merthyr Express newspaper); and, whether he could give an assurance that a suitable hall and offices would be provided for the Judge and Registrar to fulfil their respective duties, as has been provided in other towns of less importance?


As to the four first paragraphs of the hon. Member's question, I am aware that complaints have been made of the deficient accommodation for the public in Merthyr Tydvil. I have received various communications on the subject, and the matter is now under the consideration of the Government. I may, however, point out that for many years it has not been the policy of the Government to supply special buildings for County Courts, but that advantage is taken of such public buildings as exist in a town. This we are entitled to do under the County Court Acts of 1851 and 1888.


Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that in Merthyr Tydvil there is no public building suitable for the purpose?


I have said that the matter is under consideration. If there is no public building in the town to a certain extent, it would be our duty to provide accommodation.