HC Deb 13 December 1976 vol 922 c963
46. Mr. Ashley

asked the Attorney-General if he has yet given evidence to the Royal Commission on Legal Services.

The Attorney-General (Mr. S. C. Silkin)

No, Sir.

Mr. Ashley

If my right hon. and learned Friend gives evidence, will he bear in mind that, although many barristers and solicitors are earning fat fees, articled clerks are the wage slaves of the legal profession? Not only is this unfair to articled clerks, who have to depend on their families for support. It is unfair to working-class people who enter the profession, and that is why the legal profession is so middle-class.

The Attorney-General

If I give evidence to the Royal Commission at its invitation, I shall bear in mind all the points my hon. Friend has made or may make in future.