HC Deb 08 July 1875 vol 225 cc1158-9

said: Perhaps the House will allow me touch on a subject of a somewhat personal nature, with reference to an answer which I gave the right hon. Gentleman opposite (Mr. Goschen), in regard to the office of Queen's Remembrancer The House is aware that the Judicature Commission recommended that the office of Queen's Remembrancer should be abolished, and afterwards there was a Treasury Minute on the same subject, which bound the Government to take some steps in the matter. This took place under the late Administration. It so happens that the office of Queen's Remembrancer exists by statute, and that there are several important duties attached to that office. No steps were taken in consequence of the recommendation of the Commission or of the Treasury Minute, and when I came into office I received a memorial from the Lord Chief Justice and other Judges, calling my attention to the fact that the office of Queen's Remembrancer had not been filled up; that it involved some important public duties, and that the administration of justice was arrested in consequence. I accordingly filled up the office, and, as certain duties were vested in this office, I had no option in the matter. In filling up the appointment, however, I made it a condition that, pending the decision of Parliament, the office should be regarded as temporary, and that in the event of its abolition the person appointed should have no claim for compensation. The office is given as a matter of routine to the Master of the Court of Exchequer. The salary attached to it is £500 a-year, and he has accepted it subject to the conditions I have mentioned.