HC Deb 09 July 1936 vol 314 cc1392-3

asked the Attorney-General whether he proposes to introduce any fresh Regulations with reference to hire-purchase agreements which, because of their not needing a witness at signing, frequently produce cases of hardship through misunderstanding of all the liabilities that are incurred, resulting in many of the articles concerned having to be returned though payments still have to be made?

The SOLICITOR-GENERAL (Sir Terence O'Connor)

There are no statutory powers under which such Regulations can be made. I also doubt very much whether the necessity for a witness would prevent the misunderstandings to which my hon. Friend refers.


Is the Solicitor-General aware that in regard to the law of hire-purchase the law of Scotland has advanced in recent years and that the law in England has not, and will he take early steps to remedy that simple defect?


It is a fact that there is legislation in Scotland which does not exist here, but that matter is being remedied by new county court rules which are shortly to come into force here.

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