HC Deb 11 December 1857 vol 148 cc554-5

said, he would beg to ask the Secretary of the Treasury, Whether, since the death in the beginning of September of the Keeper of the Register of Sasines in Scotland, consideration has been given, in accordance with the Treasury Minute of 1855, to the arrangements which should be adopted consequent on such an event; and whether it is the intention of the Government to provide for the performance of the business of the Sasine Office without a new appointment, and by the amalgamation of the office of Assistant Keeper with that of Principal Keeper, now vacant?

MR. WILSON, in reply, said, that in 1855, on reviewing several offices in Scotland, the Treasury were of opinion that when the office of Keeper of the Register of Sasines became vacant it ought not to be filled up, as the duties were so light that they could be very well performed by other officials. A vacancy having since occurred, the Home Office had communicated with the Lord Advocate on the subject, and as soon as the right hon. and learned Lord reported upon it the result should be laid before the House.