HC Deb 22 March 1886 vol 303 cc1481-2
MR. JOHN REDMOND(for Mr. H. CAMPBELL) (Wexford, N.)

asked Mr. Attorney General, Who is responsible for the punctual and regular atendance of the officers of the Royal Courts of Justice; is it the fact that there is great irregularity in the attendance, some officials arriving about 11.30, and leaving before 3, and, in consequence, much loss of time to the public and suitors generally; and, is there any time or attendance book for signature by the various officers and clerks, and who has the supervision of it?

MR. ADDISON (Ashton-under-Lyne)

inquired whether it was not within the knowledge of the hon. and learned Gentleman that the officials in question gave great satisfaction both to the Bar and to the public attending the Courts, by their civility and punctual attendance to their duties?

MR. LABOUCHERE (Northampton)

wished to know whether some of the Taxing Masters in Chancery were not Directors of Public Companies, and as such went away to attend to meetings of the Directors during official hours?


, in reply, said, he could not properly be asked to join in the general commendation which his hon. and learned Friend the Member for Ashton-under-Lyne (Mr. Addison) had expressed; and with regard to the Question of the hon. Member for Northampton (Mr. Labouchere) he had no information. He was not yet in possession of the facts in regard to the Question on the Paper, which perhaps the hon. Member would renew on a future occasion.