HC Deb 19 October 1966 vol 734 cc215-6
42. Mr. Hector Hughes

asked the Attorney-General what progress has been made with the problem of law reform, indicating the subjects already dealt with and also those which still await attention.

The Attorney-General

May I first congratulate my hon. and learned Friend on his recent and happy nuptials?

As the detailed Answer to this Question is necessarily lengthy, owing to the considerable amount of law reform already introduced and under preparation by the present Government, I am circulating that Answer in the OFFICIAL REPORT. The most important step has been the setting up of the English and Scottish Law Commissions last year. Their Programmes and Annual Reports demonstrate the wide range of their activities and the energy with which they are tackling them.

Mr. Hughes

As to the first part of my right hon. and learned Friend's Answer, I shall ask no supplementary question. As to the second part, does he realise that owing to the desired number and variety of reform which are proposed, chaos may ensue amongst the actual and prospective litigants unless some details, such as are asked for in this Question, are made public?

The Attorney-General

I am glad that no chaos was indicated in the first part of my hon. and learned Frind's supplementary question. As to the second part, I hope that he will feel as reassured as he does about the first part of the supplementary question when he sees the full details in the Written Answer.

Following is the information: