HC Deb 30 November 1922 vol 159 c882
30. Mr. FOOT

asked the Prime Minister whether steps are to be taken to alter the system relating to the holding of the Assizes at the present county towns; and whether this House will be given the opportunity of discussing any proposed changes before they are carried into effect?

The ATTORNEY-GENERAL (Sir Douglas Hogg)

I have been asked to reply. In answer to the first part of the question, I would refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave yesterday to the hon. Member for Thirsk and Malton (Mr. Turton). I cannot give an answer to the second part of the question until the Committee has reported.


Do I understand from the answer that it is possible this considerable change—which has been denounced by many of the Judges—may be brought about without the House having an opportunity of expressing its opinion?


Until the Committee reports, it is impossible for us to say whether any considerable change will be required. Until we know what sort of changes are required, we cannot say whether it will be necessary to bring them before the House.