MR. M'LARRN (Cheshire, Crewe)
asked the President of the Local Government Board, Whether Mr. Leslie Creery, who, as Clerk to the East Ashford Board of Guardians, advises the Board to prosecute offenders against the Vaccination Act, is the same Mr. Leslie Creery who, as Clerk to the East Ashford Magistrates, advises the Bench as to what fines and costs should be inflicted on them; if so, whether it is in conformity with the Regulations of the Local Government Board that the legal adviser to the prosecutors should also be legal adviser to the magistrates; and, whether, in his capacity as clerk to the magistrates, he receives a portion of the costs of each of the cases, such as for summonses, and copies, administering oaths, &c. which, in his capacity as Clerk to the Guardians, he has advised should be prosecuted?
§ THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE HOME DEPARTMENT (Mr. MATTHEWS) (Birmingham, E.)
(who replied) said: Mr. Creery is both Clerk to the East Ashford Board of Guardians and also Clerk to the Justices of the Division. tihe Local Government Board Regulations do not deal with the point of both these appointments being held by the same officer. I am informed by Mr. Creery that in his capacity as Clerk to the Justices he receives the costs and fees payable on all convictions; but they are at once credited to the County Authority, as he is, and has been for some time, paid by a fixed salary.