§ Order of the Day for the Second Reading read.
§ THE LORD CHANCELLOR (VISCOUNT BIRKENHEAD)
My Lords, it is not necessary for me to say very much in moving the Second Reading of this Bill. It proposes that the two lists, the voters' list and the jury list, should become one list. The maintenance of two lists has 634 been found in practice to be an archaic and superfluous proceeding, and to lead to very great expense. This measure is framed in the interests of economy, and I make myself responsible for advising your Lordships that it will not lead to any inconvenience.
§ Moved, That the Bill be now read 2ª.—(The Lord Chancellor.)
My Lords, so far as I can understand, this Bill is a useful and practical measure, in so far as it concerns the formation of the jury lists. My doubt at the present moment is with regard to Clause 5 of the Bill which does not deal with the jury lists but with the present practice of striking special juries. I have submitted a memorandum upon that subject to the noble and learned Lord on the Woolsack, and I dare say my difficulties will be met. All I wish to do is to reserve my right of action with regard to that clause, which I think requires looking into.
§ THE LORD CHANCELLOR
I have read the noble and learned Lord's memorandum with great interest, and I hope to have an opportunity of discussing it with him before the Committee stage.
§ On Question, Bill read 2ª, and committed to a Committee of the Whole House.