HC Deb 20 June 1961 vol 642 cc1164-5
29. Mr. Willis

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland when he expects to complete his review of the provisions for legal aid in criminal proceedings.

Mr. Brooman-White

I am not in a position to add to the replies given by my right hon. Friend to the Questions asked on 13th June by the hon. Member for Dumbartonshire, West (Mr. Steele).

Mr. Willis

Is the hon. Gentleman not aware that they were most unsatisfactory Answers? Surely he can give us some indication when he expects to complete his review? Is he not aware that the present system is in great danger of breaking down because of the lack of money? Is it not intolerable that Scotland should be placed in this position when England has been placed in a much better one long ago? Will not he do something about it?

Mr. Brooman-White

Yes, but it is a very difficult question. The hon. Member will realise that the Guthrie Committee was not unanimous over the difficult question of financial eligibility for legal aid.

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