§ Mr. Emery
asked the Attorney-General whether, in view of the dissatisfaction with the Law Society's Bill which resulted in it being withdrawn, he will set up an inquiry to examine the functions of the Law Society, and consider a closer definition of the professional activities of solicitors, with special regard to their handling of financial business and possessions of clients and of estates of deceased persons, so that a new Bill may then be formulated, based upon the report of such an inquiry?
§ The Attorney-General
The hon. Member is under a misapprehension. The Law Society's Bill was withdrawn in November last, after its consideration by the Joint Committee, when it was found that, owing to lack of Parliamentary time, there was no possibility of it becoming law during that Session. As I have indicated in my reply to the hon. and gallant Member for Lewes (Rear-Admiral Beamish), the Law Society have under consideration the draft of a new Bill. In these circumstances, no good purpose would be served by setting up an inquiry such as the hon. Member suggests.