§ Mr. Liddall
asked the Attorney-General whether he will introduce legislation to provide that Government auditors, similar to those who audit the accounts of local authorities, shall audit the professional accounts of solicitors every six months, in view of the experience that the regulations under the Solicitors Act, after having had five years of trial have failed to protect clients' property against fraudulent conversion, as disclosed recently in the criminal courts?
§ The Attorney-General
I would refer the hon. Member to the answer made to his previous question on Wednesday, 4th May, 1938, to which I have nothing to 413W add, except to remind him that the Solicitors' Accounts Rules made under the Solicitors Act, 1933, did not come into operation until the 1st January, 1935, and consequently that they have not been in force for five years as stated. The Law Society have reason to believe that the rules have been of use though further steps are under consideration.