Law Charges and Courts of Law, Scotland.

Part of Class Iii. – in the House of Commons on 27th February 1922.

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Photo of Mr Joseph Johnstone Mr Joseph Johnstone , Renfrewshire Eastern

I do not know of any more blundering condition of affairs than the action of the Government in this matter. First of all, they arrested the contractor and put him in gaol with his managers. That policy was abandoned and the man was released. Then action was taken against him on the ground that he was over-paid. Charges were made against the contractor, but in the long inquiries held into the allegations the Government failed absolutely. I have no interest in the contractor and do not know him, but as the aerodrome is in my constituency I followed the case with the greatest attention. If the Government and their Law Officers had used ordinary precautions they would never have incurred this expenditure. Here we are saddled with this bill for legal charges—