§ On Clause 6th being proposed, which increases the allowance for an inquest to 30s., and the mileage to 1s. 6d. per mile.
§ Colonel Davies
opposed the clause. There was no occasion for any increase in the allowances, as under the present system there were plenty of candidates for the office of Coroner.
Sir George Strickland
attached great importance to the due support of the office of Coroner, and said, that for many years it had been felt that the remuneration was insufficient. Many years ago, a Bill had passed that House to give a much larger remuneration than was proposed by this Bill. The clause had his cordial support, as absolutely necessary, in order to secure the services of just and proper men.
§ Mr. Cripps
said, the Bill was based on the evidence of highly respectable witnesses examined before a Committee. Many respectable Coroners declared they would resign, if the salary were not increased.
§ The Committee divided: Ayes 68; Noes 47—Majority 21.
§ On the Clause allowing Coroners 1s. 6d. travelling expenses, or mileage,
§ Colonel Davies proposed, that the blank of the clause should be filled up by 9d. per mile.
§ The Committee again divided: Ayes 87; Noes 51—Majority 36.
§ Colonel Davies then proposed that the blank should be filled tip by ls. a mile.
§ The Committee divided on the original Question: Ayes 79; Noes 55—Majority 24.
§ Mr Brotherton proposed the insertion of 1s. 3d. per mile.
§ The Committee again divided on the original Question: Ayes 75; Noes 53— Majority 22.
§ The Clause, allowing of 1s. 6d. per mile, agreed to.
§ The other Clauses were agreed to, and the House resumed.