HC Deb 22 January 1942 vol 377 cc397-8
19. Mr. Rhys Davies

asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that some clients are finding it difficult to receive attention from solicitors owing to their staffs having been denuded for the forces; and whether he can take any action in the matter?

Mr. Bevin

I am not aware of any serious difficulty of this kind. I would point out that in dealing with applications for deferment of solicitors and solicitors' clerks my Department is advised by the Law Society and the Lord Chancellor's Department for England and Wales and by the General Council of Solicitors and the Lord Advocate's Department for Scotland.

Mr. Davies

Will the Minister look into a case if I submit it to him later?

Mr. Bevin

I cannot undertake to do that. If a body of this character has machinery within its own profession for dealing with the matter, I do not think that I ought to go outside that machinery in individual cases.