HC Deb 15 April 1981 vol 3 c176W
Mr. Dewar

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement about the report of the Royal Commission on legal servces in Scotland; and if he is now in a position to indicate which of its provisions he intends to implement.

Mr. Rifkind

The Royal Commission's report contains over 200 recommendations covering a wide variety of subjects, some of which are for action by other bodies, notably the legal profession itself. Detailed examination of the recommendations calling for Government action is proceeding, and groups of them are likely to be the subject of decisions at different times. Possible changes in divorce procedure and jurisdiction have been put forward by several bodies, as well as by the Royal Commission; and as indicated in my right hon. Friend's answer on 14 April to my hon. Friend the Member for South Angus (Mr. Fraser)—[Vol. 3, c. 77–78]—the Government propose in that field to proceed by the issue of a consultative document seeking comment on the different possibilities for reform.

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