HC Deb 21 December 1915 vol 77 cc195-6
25. Mr. WATT

asked the Lord Advocate whether his attention has been called to the growing practice in Scotland of sheriff- clerks or sheriff-clerk deputies charging fees or receiving money in consideration that the wills or testaments of deceased persons in their jurisdiction should be kept out of the public newspapers; will he say whether they are entitled by their agreements with him to make such a charge; and if not, will he see that steps are taken to prevent the public being so treated?


I am not aware of the existence of a practice of the nature mentioned by my hon. and learned Friend, but if he will supply me with the facts on which his question is based I shall cause inquiry to be made into the matter.


Are we to understand that these gentlemen are not entitled to make the charge?


I think that is a fair inference from the answer.