HL Deb 11 February 1982 vol 427 cc266-7
The Lord Chancellor (Lord Hailsham of Saint Marylebone)

My Lords, I beg to introduce a Bill to make further provision with respect to the administration of justice and matters connected therewith; to amend the law relating to actions for damages for personal injuries, including injuries resulting in death, and to abolish certain actions for loss of services; to amend the law relating to wills; to make further provisions with respect to funds in court, statutory deposits and schemes for the common investment of such funds and deposits and certain other funds; to amend the law relating to deductions by employers under attachment of earnings orders; to make further provision with regard to penalties that may be awarded by the Solicitors' Disciplinary Tribunal under Section 47 of the Solicitors Act 1974; to make further provision for the appointment of justices of the peace in England and Wales and in relation to temporary vacancies in the membership of the Law Commission; to enable the title register kept by the Chief Land Registrar to be kept otherwise than in documentary form; and to authorise the payment of travelling, subsistence and financial loss allowances for justices of the peace in Northern Ireland.

I beg to move that this Bill be now read a first time.

Moved, That the Bill be now read a first time.—(The Lord Chancellor.)

Lord Foot

My Lords, if it is in order, may I inquire whether this Bill will take the place of the existing statutes of the realm?

The Lord Chancellor

No, my Lords, but it will improve them in certain respects.

On Question, Bill read a first time, and to be printed.