HC Deb 07 December 1925 vol 189 cc51-2W
Captain BOWYER

asked the Attorney-General whether, in regard to nominations for and the appointment of persons to the Commission of the Peace, hs is aware that, in accordance with a rule or practice laid down by his predecessors, the Lord Chancellor will not appoint persons carrying on certain businesses; and, if so, whether he will take steps with a view to ending such practice and ensuring that all persons nominated shall receive consideration on their general merits and fitness for appointment?


In accordance with a long-standing practice, which is referred to in the Report of the Royal Commission on the Selection of Justices of the Peace, 1910, holders of licences for the sale of intoxicating liquor and pawnbrokers are not usually appointed to the Commission of the Peace. The Lord Chancellor does not think it would be desirable to alter this practice.

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