HC Deb 17 August 1835 vol 30 cc609-10
Mr. Lynch

could not allow the Session to close without asking Ministers whether they had come to any determination, and what, respecting the office of Lord Chancellor and his judicial duties.

Lord John Russell

I am obliged to the hon. Member, and to the House generally, for the indulgence it has shown with respect to this arduous question. Ministers have been, of course, unwilling to come to any decision which might be thought hasty or inconsiderate, and hence has arisen much delay; but I intend to propose in the next Session a measure, by which a permanent judge for the Court of Chancery will be appointed. I need not say that the question of the separation of the political and judicial functions of the Lord Chancellor requires to be examined with great care, and weighed with extreme nicety; it may be necessary to make a provision for an additional judge; but that and all other parts of the subject call for mature consideration.