HC Deb 24 June 1869 vol 197 cc516-7

said, he would beg to ask the First Lord of the Treasury, Who is to be the Secretary to the Commissioners under the Endowed Schools Act; what salary the Treasury proposes to give to the Commissioners and Secretary respectively; and, in the event of any of them holding another Crown appointment, whether such salary is to be in addition to, or included in, the remuneration at present received?


said, he was afraid that in meeting the demand of his hon. Friend he must do so under protest—that was to say, that it was not usual to communicate to Parliament the names of persons who might be appointed to assist the Commissioners in their inquiry before the Act relating to them was passed. It might, in many cases, be inconvenient to do so. There were, however, considerations of previous experience, skill, and knowledge, which plainly indicated the gentleman who, for the public advantage, should hold the office of Secretary to the Commissioners in question. He had, therefore, no difficulty in naming the gentleman. He hoped that Mr. Roby, who had been formerly the Secretary of the Schools Inquiry, would accept that office with a salary of £1,000 a year. The Government anticipated great advantage to the Commission from his co-operation. In respect to the salaries of the Commissioners, Lord Lyttelton would be Chief Commissioner with a salary of £1,500 a year; Mr. Robinson, a Junior Commissioner, would receive £1,200 a year; and Mr. Hobhouse, though a Junior Commissioner also, yet being in the legal profession, and possessing high legal attainments, and his emoluments therefore, being governed by different considerations, would receive a salary of £2,000 a year. The Commissioners would not receive any other public emoluments, nor hold any other salaried office whatever in addition to their office.