§ MR. ROBERT WALLACE (Edinburgh, E.)
I beg to ask the Secretary for Scotland whether the future constitution of the office of Director of Chancery in Scotland has been under consideration for several and how many years; and, whether it is intended to take active steps in the matter at an early date?
§ THE SECRETARY FOR SCOTLAND (Sir GEORGE TREVELYAN, Glasgow, Bridgeton)
It is the case that a Departmental Committee in 1889 recommended certain changes which would dispense with the necessity of keeping up the Chancery Office as a separate establishment. Many technical details were involved in these recommendations, and legislation would be required, which cannot be undertaken this Session. In the meantime the duties of the office are conducted by an interim director (Mr. Strettell-Miller), who has been appointed on the distinct understanding that he would have no claim to compensation in the event of the office being abolished.