HC Deb 06 December 1922 vol 159 cc1756-7

asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the importance of thoroughly reliable investigation into the welfare of the certified insane, whose pecuniary interests are committed to the care of a single Master in Lunacy, who is blind and dependent for his knowledge of facts upon the services of his clerk, he will institute an inquiry into the fitness of the Master for the discharge of his duties and the desirability of substituting as the holder of this office some other barrister or Master of high standing not so incapacitated?

The ATTORNEY-GENERAL (Sir Douglas Hogg)

I have been asked to reply. This question refers to a most zealous and efficient public servant, and I regret that it should have been asked. I think it right, however, that the House should know that some months ago (long before this question appeared upon the Paper), the Master in Lunacy intimated his desire to retire from the public service at the end of the present year.