HC Deb 13 May 1914 vol 62 cc1124-5W

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he is aware that twelve months have now elapsed since the publication of the Reports of the Departmental Committee on Jury Law and Practice; whether the Government is now prepared to introduce a Bill for the relief of the common jurymen of England and Wales; whether his attention has been drawn to the Returns lately issued from the Home Office relating to the length of time occupied by Assizes and Quarter Sessions in Glamorgan; whether he is aware that the last Midsummer Quarter Sessions in Glamorgan occupied six days and that common jurors were kept in Court thirteen days at the Winter Assizes held in Cardiff in March and twenty days at the Summer Assizes at Swansea last year; and whether he will, having regard to the above, undertake to place the common jurymen of Glamorgan on equal terms as regards length of service with their more favoured fellow jurors m various counties of England?


I am well aware of the recommendations of the Committee and of the Returns mentioned by the Noble Lord, but I fear it is quite impossible for me at present, having regard to the state of public business, to propose legislation for the amendment of the law relating to juries.