§ DR. G. B. CLARK (Caithness)
I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury (1) whether a vacancy has occurred in the office of Sheriff-Substitute in Kirkwall; (2) whether the salary of the late Sheriff-Substitute was £500 per annum; (3) whether these judges are required to devote their whole time to the work, and do the work in Scotland done by county court judges and recorders; (4) whether the officers of a like character in England and Ireland are paid about £1,500 a year; and (5) whether the Treasury will see that a larger salary is paid in future in order that competent men may accept these important offices in Scotland?
MR. GRAHAM MURRAY
I have been desired to reply to the hon. Member. The first four paragraphs of the Question are substantially correct. The salary was £550 and many duties devolve on sheriff-substitutes which are not imposed on county court judges or recorders. I shall at all times endeavour to secure the service of competent men for these important posts, and I shall trust that the Treasury will enable me to secure them.