HC Deb 29 March 1897 vol 47 cc1572-3
MR. E. BOULNOIS (Marylebone, E.)

I beg to ask the Attorney General whether it is the fact that the Lord Chancellor has authorised the Chief Clerks of the Judges of the Chancery Division of the High Court of Justice to adopt the style and title of Masters of the Supreme Court; if so, what power has he to alter the title given them by the Legislature in 1852 (15 and 16 Vict. c. 80) and to confer upon them the title of Masters of the Supreme Court, which the Legislature has assigned by the Judicature (Officers) Act, 1879 (42 and 43 Vict. c. 78), to other persons appointed under a different patronage, with a different qualification and discharging different duties; and whether the sanctioning the use by a class of public officers, whom the Legislature has designated by a particular name, of a designation appropriated by Statute to another and different class of officers, whose duties are essentially different, will be reconsidered?


I think the Question of my hon. Friend is framed under a misapprehension. The matter is not now controlled by the Act of 1832, but by the Judicature Act under which the majority of the Presidents of the Divisions have power to effect the change of name referred to. I have laid upon the Table of the House the Order of the Lord Chancellor and Lord Chief Justice dealing with the matter, which has been confirmed by the Lords Commissioners of the Treasury.