§ MR. T. L. CORBETT (Down, N.)
I beg to ask the First Lord of the Treasury what are the average emoluments, both in salaries and fees, attached to the offices of Attorney-General and Solicitor-General for England, the Attorney-General and Solicitor-General for Ireland, and the Lord Advocate and Solicitor-General for Scotland.
§ THE PRIME MINISTER AND FIRST LORD OF THE TREASURY (Sir H. Campbell-Bannerman,) Stirling Burghs
The emoluments of the English law officers are derived from fees commuted or fees paid for law cases undertaken on behalf of the Crown, and both law-officers are debarred from undertaking private practice. The average payment during the past five years amounts in the case of the Attorney-General to £13,700, and of the Solicitor-General to £10,298. The Attorney-General for Ireland receives a salary of £5,000, and the Solicitor-General for Ireland a salary of £2,000. The average of the fees from sources other than Law Charges Vote received during the past five years by the Attorney-General is £150 18s., and by the Solicitor-General £61 6s. The average of fees paid to both law officers under Sub-head E of Vote for Law Charges is £1,077 14s. 5d. But the amounts paid to the Attorney-General and Solicitor-General, respectively, cannot be ascertained without further inquiries. The Lord Advocate receives a salary of £5,000, and the Solicitor-General for Scotland a salary of £2,000. No fees are paid in either case.