Law Reform (Reports)

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 17th December 1957.

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Photo of Mr William Hannan Mr William Hannan , Glasgow Maryhill 12:00 am, 17th December 1957

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether his consultations with the appropriate bodies have now been completed in respect of the three reports of the Law Reform Committee and when he intends to introduce legislation to give effect to the recommendations.

Photo of Hon. John Maclay Hon. John Maclay , Renfrewshire West

The consultations to which I referred in my reply to the hon. Member on 21st May are proceeding. I am not therefore able to say when it will be possible to introduce legislation.

Photo of Mr William Hannan Mr William Hannan , Glasgow Maryhill

Is the right hon. Gentleman not aware that in England they have already dealt with two similar reports? Cannot the right hon. Gentleman press on with this and rectify some of the matters in Scotland?

Photo of Hon. John Maclay Hon. John Maclay , Renfrewshire West

The matter is not entirely in my hands. I have asked various interested bodies for comments on the First and Third Reports, and I must await their observations.