HC Deb 13 March 1947 vol 434 c1483
43. Mr. House

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will take steps to secure exemption from jury service for members of the Register of Osteopaths, the Incorporated Society of Registered Naturopaths and the British Naturopathic Association, all of whom are qualified unorthodox health practitioners.

The Secretary of State for the Home Department (Mr. Ede)

The only classes of persons exempt from jury service are those whose exemption is authorised by Statute and legislation for which time is not available would be necessary for the purpose of exempting the persons referred to in the Question.

Mr. House

Is the Minister aware that Cabinet Ministers, ex-Cabinet Ministers, and many other Members of this House attend unorthodox practitioners; and seeing that the interest of the community is better served by unorthodox practitioners attending their numerous patients than sitting as jurors, will he ensure that the matter has the most careful consideration?

Mr. Ede

This and many other matters are for consideration when time is available to legislate with regard to the future of jury service.