HC Deb 11 November 1958 vol 595 cc165-6
1. Mr. Page

asked the Attorney-General whether he will initiate legislation o make it unnecessary for any documents to require to be under seal in order to acquire legal validity.

The Attorney-General (Sir Reginald Manningham-Buller)

The Law Reform Committee is considering the law relating to the sealing of documents executed by bodies corporate. I am not aware that there is any case for amending the law relating to the sealing of other documents.

Mr. Page

Does not my right hon. and learned Friend agree that a considerable waste of time and many legal artificialities result from the requirement of seals on documents? Does he think that it enhances an individual's signature in any way to have a little red wafer alongside it, even if the individual goes through the archaic witchcraft of putting his finger on the seal, and saying, "I deliver this my act and deed"?

The Attorney-General

I think there is still some advantage in requiring some documents to be sealed.