Oral Answers to Questions — Courts of Summary Jurisdiction (Appeals).

– in the House of Commons on 15th December 1932.

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Photo of Major Abraham Lyons Major Abraham Lyons , Leicester East

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asked the Home Secretary if he will state the progress of the work delegated to the committee considering the question of appeals from courts of summary jurisdiction; whether any report has yet been received; and when any recommendations will be published?

Photo of Mr John Gilmour Mr John Gilmour , Glasgow Pollok

The committee which is examining this difficult subject has not yet reported.

Photo of Major Abraham Lyons Major Abraham Lyons , Leicester East

Have the committee conducted their deliberations in public or in private?

Photo of Mr John Gilmour Mr John Gilmour , Glasgow Pollok

The committee, I understand, held their meetings in private.

Photo of Major Abraham Lyons Major Abraham Lyons , Leicester East

Can the right hon. Gentleman say whether the committee have asked for oral evidence from those willing to volunteer it?

Photo of Mr John Gilmour Mr John Gilmour , Glasgow Pollok

I am not certain that oral evidence would be required. They have asked for reports and information from the various interests concerned.

Photo of Mr William Thorne Mr William Thorne , West Ham Plaistow

Can the right hon. Gentleman state if the governors of any of the prisons have, from time to time, brought the prisoners together to ask them whether they have any complaints to make?

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Wrong question.

Photo of Mr George Knight Mr George Knight , Nottingham South

Is my right hon. Friend aware that this is a very serious hardship which is arising in the courts every day, and will he induce this committee—as the matter is quite a small one—to report as speedily as possible?

Photo of Mr John Gilmour Mr John Gilmour , Glasgow Pollok

As far as I know, it will probably report before very long.