HC Deb 20 April 1948 vol 449 cc133-4W
Mr. Manningham-Buller

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he has any statement to make with regard to the payment of allowances to jurors.

Mr. Ede

The Government have had under consideration the question whether jurors, in both civil and criminal cases, should be eligible for payment of travelling expenses, subsistence and compensation for loss of earnings or income and have decided to introduce legislation making provision for such payment when opportunity permits in the lifetime of the present Parliament. It is proposed that the opportunity should be taken at the same time to implement the decision, announced by the Attorney-General in reply to a Question by my hon. Friend the Member for Maldon (Mr. Driberg) on 27th March, 1947, that, with the exception of the City of London special jury in commercial causes, special juries should be abolished.