HC Deb 24 February 1972 vol 831 cc1475-6
14. Mr. Simeons

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will take steps to amend the rules relating to selection of jurors so as to increase the number of women listed as qualified for jury service.

Mr. Carlisle

There are no such rules. Liability for jury service is in general governed by Section 1 of the Juries Act, 1825, which was studied by the Departmental Committee on Jury Service. My right hon. Friend is not yet in a position to make an announcement on the committee's recommendations.

Mr. Simeons

Is my hon. and learned Friend aware that many houses are in the names of wives, or husbands and wives jointly, yet the husbands fill in the returns and put their names first? Will he bring this to householders' notice?

Mr. Carlisle

I am aware of that, but the legal qualification is for the person who is the rated occupier of property of a rateable value of not less than £20. Usually, the husband is looked upon as the person who is liable for paying the rates.

Mr. Clinton Davis

Will the hon. and learned Gentleman say when the next review of allowances for jurors is likely to take place? Is he aware of the great hardship suffered by some jurors?

Mr. Carlisle

With respect, that does not arise out of this Question. There has been a review within the last 12 months, and I will look into the matter.