§ MR. WEIR (Ross and Cromarty)
I beg to ask the Lord Advocate whether he is aware that 18 temporary clerks in the Sasines Office, Edinburgh, some of whom have been employed for a few months, have been recommended by the head-keeper of that office for permanent appointments on the staff without examination; will he state whether such appointments would be in accordance with the Lord Clerk Register (Scotland) Act, 1879; is he aware that engrossing clerks appointed prior to 1879 were specially recommended for permanent appointments by the Lee and Low Commission, and that, so far, effect has not been given to those recommendations; and will he order an inquiry on the subject?
MR. GRAHAM MURRAY
A Minute by the Secretary for Scotland, which was presented to Parliament on the 22nd instant in terms of section 11 of the Lord Clerk Register (Scotland) Act, 1879, contains full information on the subject matter of this Question. If desired, the Secretary for Scotland will cause the honourable Member to be furnished with a copy of it.