HC Deb 08 March 1954 vol 524 cc1710-1
2. Mr. Lewis

asked the Attorney-General if he is aware of the growing practice adopted by prominent Queen's Counsel of accepting positions with industrial undertakings and yet maintaining their positions of Recorder where held; and whether he will introduce legislation to make it compulsory for Recorders to resign from their Recorderships when leaving the legal profession to take up industrial appointments.

The Attorney-General

I am not aware of any such practice. I know of only one Queen's Counsel who has retained his Recordership after accepting a position with an industrial undertaking, and I do not therefore think that there is any need for legislation.

Mr. Lewis

Will the Minister tell the "Evening Standard" to stop circulating false reports, as is their custom, and will he look at the "Evening Standard" diary, when perhaps he will be able to correct them and see that they give the true facts to their readers in the future even if they have not done so in the past?

The Attorney-General

I think that the hon. Gentleman probably means the "Star," but I had better not say any more about it.