Mr. Davies Gilbert
rose to move for leave to bring in a bill to regulate the office of lord justice general of Scotland. The duties of the office were usually performed by deputy. The reason why this office had not hitherto been abolished, was, that by different acts of parliament certain acts were appointed to be done, and certain writs to be signed by this officer. A bill had been submitted to the House last session for the abolition of this offices, which went through several stages, but the subject was finally put off. By this bill the duties of the office were transferred to the lord president of the court of session, and a certain salary was given to the lord president for such additional duties. One gentleman had opposed the bill on the ground that the salary was more than ought to be given, and another on the ground that no salary at all ought to be given. He had thought 1264 it his duty, as chairman of the finance committee, to bring in the same bill, only omitting that part which gave any remuneration to the lord president. If it appeared, that a salary ought to be given it would be competent to any member to move a clause to that effect. The hon. gentleman concluded with moving for leave to bring in a bill to regulate the office of lord justice general of Scotland. —Leave given.