HC Deb 24 February 1908 vol 184 cc1315-6
MR. GULLAND (Dumfries Burghs)

To ask the Lord Advocate if he is aware that in Scotland Members of Parliament are liable to be summoned to serve on juries, though Peers and many other classes of the community, including the officers and men of the new Territorial force, are exempt from such service, and that in England Members of Parliament are exempt; and whether he will introduce legislation to remove this difference and so allow Scottish Members of Parliament to devote themselves uninterruptedly to the interests of the nation.

(Answered by Mr. Thomas Shaw.) The fact appear to be as stated. In the Criminal Procedure Bill, which the Government propose to bring in on an early date, I am hopeful of introducing certain provisions for the Amendment of the Law as to juries in Scotland. This may afford an opportunity of redressing the grievance complained of by my hon. friend.