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Justices of the Peace, Lanarkshire

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 26th March 1957.

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Photo of Mr John Timmons Mr John Timmons , Bothwell 12:00 am, 26th March 1957

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will consider taking steps to change the machinery for the appointing of justices of the peace for Lanarkshire.

Photo of Mr Niall Macpherson Mr Niall Macpherson , Dumfriesshire

My right hon. Friend is not aware of any reason for such a change.

Photo of Mr John Timmons Mr John Timmons , Bothwell

Will the hon. Member again consult his right hon. Friend in this matter? There is a great deal of dissatisfaction in Lanarkshire about the method of selecting justices of the peace. Is he further aware that advisory committees are made up of members of two political parties? Irrespective of a person's character and integrity, if he has no political associations there is absolutely no hope of his getting on to a justices of the peace list. Will the Minister have another look at the matter and again consult his right hon. Friend?

Photo of Mr Niall Macpherson Mr Niall Macpherson , Dumfriesshire

I shall be glad to ask my right hon. Friend to look at the matter again, but I can assure the hon. Member that it is not the case that the justices of the peace lately appointed came from only two political parties. The political opinions of some of them were unknown.

Photo of Mr George Lawson Mr George Lawson , Motherwell

Is the Minister aware that districts of very considerable size in Lanarkshire appear to be without justices of the peace? Will he see that those districts have their needs met in that connection?

Photo of Mr Niall Macpherson Mr Niall Macpherson , Dumfriesshire

This is a matter for the appropriate advisory committee, and I shall be glad to refer the matter to it.

Photo of Mr John Timmons Mr John Timmons , Bothwell

On a point of order. In view of that most unsatisfactory Answer, I beg to give notice that I shall raise this question on the Adjournment at the earliest opportunity.