§ 53. Mr. WATT
asked the Lord Advocate whether a new sheriff-substitute has been appointed by him to Portree, Isle of Skye; and, if so, will he say whom he has appointed and to what branch of the legal 1024 profession he belonged; what is his standing in that profession; and whether he has any knowledge of the Gaelic language, which is the only language spoken by the majority of the people, in his jurisdiction?
§ 54. Mr. WATT
asked how many solicitors there are in Scotland, and how many sheriff-substituteships these hold among them; how many practising advocates there are, and how many sheriff-substituteships they hold among them; and why so few of the former have been appointed, especially in the last three years?
§ Mr. URE
The number of solicitors is approximately 3,397, of practising advocates approximately 198. Four sheriffs substitute are solicitors, forty-five are advocates. There is no reason for the fact to which my hon. Friend calls attention in the last part of the question except a desire to secure the services of the best men for the office.
§ Sir G. YOUNGER
Is it not a fact that a solicitor in large practice would never look at a sheriff-substituteship?