§ Mr. HANCOCK
asked the Home Secretary whether he has received protests from any public authority or body against the waste of time and money involved in summoning grand and petty juries where there are no cases to be tried, or none that are important or difficult; and, if so, does he propose to do anything in the matter?
§ Mr. SHORTT
I have received a number of representations on the subject of grand juries, and one from the National Farmers' Union about the unneceesary summoning of petty juries. The 1527W question of grand juries is being considered: as regards petty juries, I would call attention to Section 1 (1) of the Assizes and Quarter Sessions Act, 1908, which gives power to dispense with the attendance of jurymen if, five days before Sessions or Assizes, there is no business requiring it.