HC Deb 08 July 1977 vol 934 cc704-5W
Mr. Weetch

asked the Attorney-General if he will publish a list giving (a) the occupational backgrounds and (b) the political allegiances of the magistrates on the Ipswich Bench.

The Attorney-General

The informaion requested is set out in the following table. My noble Friend has advised me that it is based upon information given by the magistrates concerned at the time of their appointment.

Occupational Background Ipswich Bench
Professional 14
Farmers 2
Company directors 8
Trade and industry (excluding weeklywage earners) 17
Weekly wage earners 8
Housewives 16
Political Views
Labour 21
Conservative 24
Liberal 9
Independent/Unknown 11