HC Deb 11 July 1939 vol 349 cc2079-80W
Sir A. Wilson

asked the Lord Advocate whether he is aware that the average interval between the date of entering an appeal and of its disposal in the Court of Appeal in England in workmen's compensation cases averages less than three months, while the corresponding period in the case of appeals to the Court of Session in Scotland in the three cases heard between January, 1937, and May, 1939, was 10½ months, apart from and in addition to some necessary delay in the presentation of appeals; and whether he will consider by what means delays in the course of appeal cases may be reduced?

The Lord Advocate

The number of workmen's compensation cases in the Court of Session during the period in question was 38, and not three as stated by the hon. and gallant Member. Apart from the intervention of a statutory recess, the average interval between the presentation of a case and its disposal was about four or five weeks. In the circumstances the last part of the question does not arise.

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