HC Deb 03 April 1873 vol 215 cc523-4

asked Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Whether the attention of Her Majesty's Government has been directed to the unanimous opinion of the Law Courts (Scotland) Commission, in their Report of the 12th July 1870, that the remuneration of the Sheriffs Substitute of Scotland is inadequate to their position; and, whether the Government are prepared, without further delay, to give effect to the Recommendation of the Commission that these salaries should be increased?


in reply, said, that the Government had had their attention directed to the Law Courts Commissioners Report, to which the hon. Baronet alluded. The Commissioners recommended that in some instances the salaries should be increased, and in others should be diminished. The Government had increased some of the salaries, although not exactly in the proportion recommended by the Commission, and they had made no reductions in any instances. They were unable to under- take that they should treat the matter in any other manner than they had already done, and that was not as a whole, but by inquiry into each particular case.