§ MR. KENYON (Denbigh, &c.)
asked Mr. Attorney General, Whether his attention has been called to the presentment made by the Grand Jury of the County of Flint at the last Summer Assize; whether it is the case that Her Majesty's Judge of Assize has, during the present year, twice visited Dolgelly, and that on neither occasion were there any prisoners for trial; whether three Assizes have been held during the same period at Carnarvon, two for the county, at which only one prisoner was tried, and one for the whole of North Wales, at which there were five cases in all; and, whether he will advise the adoption of a system of alternative Assize for North Wales, as recommended by the Grand Jury at Mold, or, if the scheme is impracticable, he will, during the ensuing Recess, consider the best method of relieving Her Majesty's Judges from the arduous nature of their duties?
§ THE ATTORNEY GENERAL (Sir RICHARD WEBSTER) (Isle of Wight)
My attention has not been called to the presentment made by the Grand Jury of the county of Flint; but I have no reason to doubt the accuracy of the statements mentioned in the Question. As regards the adoption of a system of alternative Assize, I must remind the hon. Member that any alteration of the Circuit arrangements involves a re-arrangement convenient to many counties, in some of which the requirements are wholly dissimilar; but the present arrangements for the Assizes are occupying the careful attention of the Lord Chancellor. It is, however, doubtful whether any scheme which would involve the discontinuance of any of the Assizes in the counties of Wales would meet with general approval.