HC Deb 31 October 1949 vol 469 cc11-2W
Mr. Asterley Jones

asked the Attorney-General which parts of the Legal Aid scheme are to be deferred; and on what date it is proposed to introduce the remainder.

The Solicitor-General

The provisions of the Legal Aid and Advice Act, 1949, which are to be deferred are those in Part I which provide legal advice and legal aid in proceedings commenced in courts other than the Supreme Court, and the whole of Part II. The Law Society were planning to be in a position to administer the whole of Part I of the Act by 1st July, 1950, but now this plan will have to be completely revised. It is not at present possible to forecast whether the provisions of the Act providing legal aid in proceedings commenced in the Supreme Court can be introduced at an earlier or only at a later date than the date originally planned.