HC Deb 17 June 1886 vol 306 c1715

asked the Lord Advocate, If, in view of the approaching election, he will instruct Sheriffs to avoid appointing Procurators Fiscal and Sheriff's Substitutes as Presiding Officers, whose duty it might be to investigate and adjudicate upon cases that might arise during the election?

THE LORD ADVOCATE (Mr. J. B. BALFOUR)&c.) (Clackmannan,

, in reply, said, he thought that, for the reason indicated in the Question, it would be well that Sheriff Substitutes and Procurators Fiscal were not appointed Presiding Officers at the Election, and he would address a communication to the Sheriffs expressing that view.