HC Deb 05 February 1918 vol 101 c2160W

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?


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.