asked the Attorney- General whether, in view of the inconvenience, delay, and expense, caused to the public in certain provincial areas of Britain in obtaining certification of a document before a notary public, he will introduce legislation and obtain, so far as is possible, international agreement to render a document sworn or declared before a British magistrate or commissioner for oaths as valid and operative in countries party to the suggested agreement as one similarly completed before a British notary public?
I should be glad to consider any evidence which the hon. Member may like to furnish to me in support of the view that there is in certain areas such inconvenience and expense as suggested in the Question. It is obvious that any alteration in the present law would, as my hon. Friend suggests, require some form of international agreement, which would present obvious difficulties at this time.