HC Deb 19 May 1830 vol 24 c868

On the Motion of the Chanceller of the Exchequer, the House went into a Committee of Supply.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer moved a Resolution for compensating the Judges of Wales and of the County Palatine of Chester out of the Consolidated Fund.

Sir C. Wetherell

said, the Resolution was prejudging the question. Perhaps the bill for abolishing the Local Jurisdictions might not pass.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer

did not intend by the Resolution to prejudice the question at all. He only wanted, according to the recommendation of the commissioners, to bring the whole matter before the House at once.

Sir C. Cole

said, he represented the largest county in the Principality, and there was in that county but one feeling on the matter, and that was favourable to the bill.

Mr. O'Connell

protested against any one being pledged by the Resolution, as he himself was against the very principle of compensation in such a case. No man could have a vested right in an abuse. A public system ought only to continue while it worked well for the public.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer

reminded the hon. Member, that some of these Judges had been appointed for life.

Sir C. Cole

And one of them especially, as a reward for past public services. He asked the right hon. Gentleman whether the compensation was to be bestowed on all, whatever might have been the terms of their appointments?

The Chancellor of the Exchequer

Certainly not.

Resolution passed; the House resumed; the Report to be received to-morrow.