§ 23. Mr. WATT
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he is aware that Scotsmen domiciled in Scotland, but having places of call in London for business purposes are being summoned to serve on London juries; that 1689 this is being continued even though these premises are closed and unutilised on account of the War; that this practice presses severely on Scotsmen resident so far from where the jury is to sit, especially as they often are unaware that they have been so summoned, the notices not having reached them on account of the premises being closed; and whether he will see that this practice is discontinued during the period of the War?
Mr. H. SAMUEL
I have no authority under the present law to intervene in this matter, and cannot undertake in existing circumstances to introduce legislation to amend the law relating to jury lists. But I will call the attention of the City authorities to the question, as it would appear from the representations made that the present arrangements may operate harshly in individual cases.