HC Deb 25 February 1875 vol 222 c910

Resolution [February 23] reported; That it is expedient to authorise the payment, out of the Consolidated Fund, of increased Salaries to the Magistrates of the Police Courts in the Metropolis.

Resolution agreed to.


moved for leave to introduce a Bill, to make further provision with respect to 'the salaries of the magistrates of the police Courts in the Metropolitan Police District, founded on the Resolution of the House. As far back as 1838 a Select Committee reported in favour of increasing the salaries of the police magistrates, and in the following year the Act of 2 & 3 Vict. c. 17 fixed those salaries at £1,200. In 1855, the salary of the chief magistrate was increased to £1,500. As, however, the magistrates were inadequately paid as compared with the County Court Judges and some of the Registrars, and as their duties had been multiplied by numerous statutes passed since the latter date, the Government were of opinion that the time had now arrived when their salaries should be further increased.

Motion agreed to.

Bill ordered to he brought in by Sir HENRY SELWIN-IBBETSON, Mr. Secretary CROSS, and Mr. WILLIAM HENRY SMITH.

Bill presented, and road the first time. [Bill 75.]