HC Deb 27 June 1898 vol 60 cc208-9

I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury whether, in view of the light duties attached to the office of Deputy Judge Advocate General, the Treasury will consider the desirability of taking advantage of the approaching vacancy in that office to effect its abolition, by uniting its duties with those of the Deputy Judge Advocate, thus effecting a saving to the country of about £1,000 per annum?


As stated by my right honourable Friend, the First Lord of the Treasury a few days ago, a successor to the present Deputy Judge Advocate General has already been selected. A large reduction has already been effected by the transfer to one of Her Majesty's judges, without addition to his judicial Salary, of the office of Judge Advocate General, to which a salary of £2,000 a year was formerly attached. By the retirement of Mr. O'Dowd we save the £200 a year which he has received as Army Purchase Commissioner, since he has agreed to continue his services in that capacity without remuneration. It is not practicable to take this opportunity to combine the office of Deputy Judge Advocate General with that of Deputy Judge Advocate, as the one requires legal and the other military experience.