§ Mr. David Crausby (Bolton, North-East)
I present a petition organised by my local newspaper the Bolton Evening News, and supported by my hon. Friends the Members for Bolton, South-East (Dr. Iddon) and for Bolton, West (Ruth Kelly) and myself.
The petition states:The petition of residents of Bolton declaresThat they deplore the recommendation of the Greater Manchester Magistrates Court Committee to close Bolton Magistrates Court; that closing the court would be a travesty of justice and prevent them from gaining full access to the law.The petition also expresses concern that magistrates from other towns will hear cases involving Bolton issues that they may not understand. It says:The petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urge the Lord Chancellor to intervene on the Petitioners' behalf and block the planned closure of Bolton Magistrates Court.
§ To lie upon the Table.