HC Deb 16 February 1927 vol 202 c929
51. Mr. W. BAKER

asked the Attorney-General the annual cost to the Treasury of the provision of Judges' marshals; and whether the Lord Chancellor will reconsider the necessity of this annual expenditure?


The cost to the Treasury of the provision of Judges' marshals for the financial year 1925–6 was £3,135 6s. The Lord Chancellor sees no reason for any alteration of this arrangement.


Is it not a fact that marshals are chosen quite frequently on the basis of boon companionship, and, in these circumstances, is it justifiable that the Treasury should pay this money?


May I ask whether boon companionship of a Judge is not a quite respectable occupation?


In answer to the first supplementary question, the marshal is nominated by the Judge with whom he is in close association. I have not inquired of His Majesty's Judges what are the motives which influence them in making the appointment. With regard to the second question, I cannot say I have any personal reason to believe that the occupation is anything but respectable.