HC Deb 25 October 1954 vol 531 c240W
136. Mr. Hale

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he is aware of the inadequacy of the present provisions for the defence of poor prisoners; and what measures he is taking to inquire into or to remedy this matter.

Major Lloyd George

In October, 1953, the fees payable to solicitors and counsel in criminal cases were increased by 50 per cent., and a new provision was introduced for the payment of a daily fee in cases where a trial at assizes or quarter sessions lasts for more than two full days. I have this question under review, but I am not in a position to make any further statement.