HC Deb 01 April 1889 vol 334 cc1245-6
MR. NORRIS (Tower Hamlets)

I beg to ask the Attorney General whether his attention has been called to a circular issued by the Clerk of the Peace for the county of London, addressed to justices of Middlesex, who, under the Local Government Act, become justices for London, calling upon them to pay a fee of £1 1s. on appointment; and whether such a demand could legally be insisted on, looking to the fact that these gentlemen have already paid a fee on appointment as justices for Middlesex?


Since this question has appeared upon the Paper. I have been looking into the matter. It appears that some doubt was raised as to whether justices ought or ought not to qualify to act for the county of London, and a circular was issued by the Clerk of the Peace, for the purpose of calling their attention to the legal question. I doubt whether the fee proposed to be charged by the Clerk of the Peace can legally be insisted on, and upon my calling the attention of the Clerk of the Peace to the matter, he has intimated to me that there being a doubt upon the matter he will prefer to return to the justices for Middlesex, Surrey, and Kent, any fees which have been paid to him.