HC Deb 30 March 1909 vol 3 c185

asked the Prime Minister whether he is aware that no Law Officer of the Crown was present on 25th March at the discussion of the Trustees' Accounts Bill by Standing Committee A, although that is a highly technical measure; and whether he will arrange for the attendance of the Law Officer of the Crown appointed to sit on that Committee at future sittings dealing with other technical measures?


I understand that the Attorney-General was unavoidably prevented from being present by his duties in court, and the Solicitor-General was unfortunately away from reasons of health. The Bill in question involves no alteration of the law, and is a non-contentious measure. I have explained on previous occasions that the attendance of the law officers cannot always be expected upon Grand Committees, but so far as it is possible they are present whenever their services are likely to be required.