HC Deb 19 August 1887 vol 319 c1102

asked the Lord Advocate, If there is any truth or foundation for the assertion pnblicly made by an important judicial officer in his own name that he (the Lord Advocate) has "avowed" a "policy of putting a stop to the chronic system of promoting Sheriff Substitutes?"

THE LORD ADVOCATE (Mr. J. H. A. MACDONALD) (Edinburgh and St. Andrew's Universities)

I have already answered this Question in this House in the negative. Appointments of Sheriff Substitutes to be Sheriffs have had my hearty and openly expressed approval. But I have held the opinion, and stated it long before I had the prospect of having any responsibility in the matter— that it ought not to become an invariable rule in any place that no one but a Sheriff Substitute should be appointed Sheriff.