HC Deb 24 January 1940 vol 356 c604W
Mr. Emery

asked the Attorney-General whether, pending the promotion by the Law Society of applicable legislation acceptable to Parliament calculated to terminate the continually recurring cases of theft of client's property by solicitors, he will take steps to ensure that when a solicitor applies for probate of a deceased estate all relative money, securities, and documents of value shall be deposited temporarily by him for safe custody with the Public Trustee before probate is granted and until the winding-up of the deceased estate has passed out of the hands of the solicitor to the satisfaction of the Public Trustee?

The Attorney-General

My Noble Friend the Lord Chancellor has given consideration to the suggestion made by the hon. Member, but is of opinion that it would not be practicable, or possible, to put such a scheme into operation.