HC Deb 24 February 1955 vol 537 c1442
36. Mr. Hayman

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will send a circular to all justices' clerks drawing attention to the desirability of sending to the editors of local newspapers circulating in the area of their courts a postal notification, giving the date, time, and place of each ordinary and special court, including juvenile courts.

Major Lloyd-George

I have no information in my possession to suggest that there is need for action on the lines suggested, but if the hon. Member will let me have particulars of any difficulty which has come to his notice, I shall be glad to look into it.

Mr. Hayman

Whilst thanking the Home Secretary for that answer, may I ask him to bear in mind that my Question expresses the unanimous view of the provincial Press, which feels that it is absolutely essential that there should be no possibility of a secret court anywhere in this country? Would the right hon. and gallant Gentleman be prepared to receive a deputation on the subject?

Major Lloyd-George

I am prepared to receive any suggestions from the hon. Member. I hardly think it necessary to have a deputation, as I have no information that so far as the rest of the country is concerned the arrangements are not very well known locally. Since the passing of the 1952 Act it has not been necessary for public notice of sittings to be given.