§ Mr. WATT
asked the Secretary for Scotland why the Report on the judicial statistics of Scotland for the year 1916 is so long delayed; whether the sheriffs in the thirteen jurisdictions in Scotland, excluding Lanarkshire and Midlothian, had in 1916 a larger number of cases than the eleven per sheriffdom which characterised 1915; if not, is it his intention to do anything to reduce this expenditure in war time?
§ Mr. MUNRO
The Report on the Judicial Statistics of Scotland for 1916 was presented to Parliament on 27th December last and is issued as a Stationery Office publication. As regards the second part of the question, I am not aware how the figure per sheriffdom quoted in the question is worked out and am, therefore, unable to make the suggested comparison. On the general question I have nothing to add to my previous replies to my hon. and learned Friend.