HC Deb 23 June 1977 vol 933 cc1726-7
11. Mr. Craig

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to the answer given on 19th May 1976, whether the committee of his officials reviewing the judgment enforcement procedures embodied in the Judgment (Enforcement) Act (Northern Ireland) 1969 and the Payments of Debt (Emergency Provisions) Act (Northern Ireland) has completed its work; and whether the Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland has been asked to consider the need for changes having regard to the dissatisfaction among the legal profession over the existing procedures.

Mr. Carter

Yes. The Committee has completed its work and interested parties, including the Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland, have been consulted.

Mr. Craig

May I take it from that that a working committee of the Supreme Court will be established? If that is so, I hope that there will be adequate representation from the solicitors' profession.

Mr. Carter

I cannot give a positive response on the right hon. Gentleman's first point about a working party. We shall consult everyone involved. I can tell the right hon. Gentleman that an Order in Council will be brought forward after all the discussions have taken place sometime later this year.

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