HC Deb 24 February 1890 vol 341 c1020

I beg to ask the Lord Advocate whether his attention has been called to the fact that, under the Judicial Factors (Scotland) Act of last Session, an accountant of the Court of Session is authorised to be appointed, at a salary to be provided by the Treasury, for the purpose of superintending and auditing the accounts of judicial factors and other persons therein referred to, including the accounts of trustees and judicial factors in bankruptcy cases; whether, under the Act, fees for such official work are, for the first time in Scotland, directed to be charged in bankruptcy cases, whilst no fees are authorised to be charged in the case of other and solvent estates; whether there is any good reason why insolvent estates should be charged for the services of the official accountant, whilst solvent estates should obtain such services without any charge; and whether he will consider the matter of putting both classes of estates, solvent and insolvent, on an equal footing?


In reply to the question of the hon. Member, I beg to inform him that every estate, whether solvent or insolvent, coming under the supervision of the Accountant of Court, is charged fees which are fixed by Act of Sederunt. Cases under the Bankruptcy Acts were not so charged before the Act of last Session.