HC Deb 24 October 1916 vol 86 cc972-3W

asked the Minister of Munitions whether, in the case of Amy Bowley v. Woolwich Arsenal heard before the local munitions tribunal on the 25th September, the case for the Arsenal was conducted by Mr. Young, a fully-qualified solicitor; whether this is contrary to the rules for constituting and regulating munitions tribunals made in pursuance of the Munitions of War Act, 1915; and what action it is proposed to take?


I am informed that Mr. Younger is a qualified Scottish Law Agent, but that in the case in question he appeared not in that capacity taut as being in charge of the Department at Woolwich concerned in the matter. His professional position was not raised at the hearing of Bowley's case, but it is understood that it had been raised at a previous case in which Mr. Younger appeared. In that case the tribunal decided that, as Mr. Younger had not practised since the outbreak of the War, he was entitled to appear as an ordinary member of the staff. The question whether the Munitions (Tribunals) Rules have been complied with is one for the munitions tribunal in the first instance, but their decision is subject to appeal on a question of law or of mixed law and fact. However, in view of all the circumstances, I do not propose again to employ Mr. Younger in this capacity.