Oral Answers to Questions — Lords of Appeal (Ex-Lord Chancellors)

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 9th November 1966.

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Photo of Mr Benjamin Whitaker Mr Benjamin Whitaker , Hampstead 12:00 am, 9th November 1966

asked the Attorney-General if he will introduce legislation to provide that ex-Lord Chancellors no longer have the right to sit as Lords of Appeal unless specifically appointed as such.

Photo of Mr Benjamin Whitaker Mr Benjamin Whitaker , Hampstead

Is my right hon. and learned Friend aware that litigants are considerably disturbed as to the possible chances of litigation which may go on appeal to the House of Lords when ex-Lord Chancellors may communicate their views to newspapers on litigation on which they may be called to pronounce?

Photo of Sir Elwyn Jones Sir Elwyn Jones , West Ham South

My hon. Friend can rest assured that my noble Friend the Lord Chancellor would not invite an ex-Lord Chancellor to sit judicially in any case on which he had already expressed an opinion elsewhere. Communication with newspapers is, of course, entirely a matter for the individual member of the judiciary concerned.