HC Deb 21 December 1937 vol 330 cc1754-5
15. Mr. Cassells

asked the Lord Advocate whether Law Reports are granted free of charge to all courts in Scotland; and, if not, is he prepared to place Scottish courts on a similar footing to those in England in this connection?

The Lord Advocate (Mr. T. M. Cooper)

So far as I can trace, the Court of Session and the High Court of Justiciary are the only Scottish courts which are supplied with Law Reports at the public expense. With regard to the position in the inferior courts of Scotland and England, I am making further inquiry and shall communicate with the hon. Member in due course.

Mr. Goldie

Can the Lord Advocate say why Scottish Law Reports do not find a place in English courts?

Mr. R. Gibson

Arising out of the original reply, will the Lord Advocate keep in mind that there are at present a great many sets of reports on the market because there have been so many legal firms amalgamating recently. Is not this an appropriate time for the Government to purchase several of these sets of law reports and so equip the inferior courts with Law Reports.