HC Deb 02 March 1893 vol 9 c813
DR. MACGREGOR (Inverness-shire)

I beg to ask the Secretary for Scotland, considering that under the present system of nomination by the Lord Lieutenant there are now in Inverness-shire out of 190 Justices of the Peace not more than six representing the Liberal Party, will the Government make such arrangements as will place these appointments in the hands of some other Body, say the County Council, in order to redress this great disparity between Parties?


The Lord Chancellor, whom I have consulted on the subject, was not aware of the relative proportion of the Political Parties on the Bench in Inverness-shire, but he has the matter under his consideration.

MR. DARLING (Deptford)

Will the right hon. Gentleman at the same time consider the propriety of so preserving the proportion that the ratio as to Magistrates may represent that of the political opinions of the prisoners with whom they have to deal?

[No answer was given.]