HC Deb 28 June 1909 vol 7 cc17-8

asked the Prime Minister whether his attention has been called to the fact that at the beginning of the present law sittings in England there were 819 cases to be disposed of in the King's Bench Division and 16 judges to dispose of them, while in the same division in Ireland there were only 88 cases and 10 judges to dispose of them; and what steps he proposes to take to equalise judicial strength in England and Ireland?

The PRIME MINISTER (Mr. Asquith)

I assume the facts to be as stated, though I have not had an opportunity of verifying the figures. The Government are fully alive to the importance of getting rid of the delay which at present interferes with the administration of justice in the King's Bench Division, and I hope shortly to make an announcement on the subject?


Will the Prime Minister consider the desirability, with a view to removing this deadlock, of suggesting to some of the more ancient occupants of the bench to retire in favour of younger men?