HC Deb 03 May 1948 vol 450 cc906-8
70. Mr. Gooch

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department the date on which the report of the Royal Commission on Justices of the Peace, 1946, can be expected.

The Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department (Mr. Younger)

I understand that the Royal Commission have reached an advanced stage in the preparation of their report, and expect to complete it shortly.

Mr. Gooch

May I ask the Minister if he realises that it would be extremely helpful to the Lord-Lieutenants' Advisory Committee to have any conclusions which the Lord Chancellor may reach on the recommendations made? Does he realize that, at the present time, the Lord-Lieutenants' Advisory Committee are merely marking time?

Mr. Younger

My right hon. Friend is well aware that many people are waiting for the results.