§ Mr. Weetch
asked the Attorney-General if he will publish a list giving (a) the occupational backgrounds and (b) the political allegiances of the magistrates on the Ipswich Bench.
§ The Attorney-General
The informaion requested is set out in the following table. My noble Friend has advised me that it is based upon information given by the magistrates concerned at the time of their appointment.
Occupational Background Ipswich Bench Professional 14 Farmers 2 Company directors 8 Trade and industry (excluding weeklywage earners) 17 Weekly wage earners 8 Housewives 16 Political Views Labour 21 Conservative 24 Liberal 9 Independent/Unknown 11