HC Deb 23 October 1967 vol 751 cc1341-2
42. Mr. Whitaker

asked the Attorney-General whether he will take steps to arrange a course of basic penological training for those appointed to higher judicial appointments.

The Attorney-General

My noble friend the Lord Chancellor, in consultation with the Lord Chief Justice, has been considering the question of making available to all those who are newly appointed to judicial office a course of lectures and discussions on sentencing and the treatment of offenders. The Lord Chancellor hopes to be in a position to introduce this scheme very shortly.

Mr. Hector Hughes

On a point of Order. Is not this Question out of order as being an indirect attack on both branches of the legal profession?

Mr. Speaker

The hon. and learned Gentleman is entitled to his opinion, but the Question is not out of order.

Mr. Whitaker

If such training is necessary for new magistrates, is it not more necessary for new High Court judges who, although eminent lawyers, never spent their careers near a criminal case?

The Attorney-General

Such judges will be entitled, and indeed will be invited, to join these courses, which will begin, we hope, early in the coming year.