§ Lords Amendment: In page 4, line 18, leave out "a", and insert "the".
§ 4.46 p.m.
§ The Solicitor-General (Sir Terence O'Connor)
I beg to move, "That this House doth agree with the Lords in the said Amendment."
The Bill was originally drafted on the assumption that a referee would be appointed for each appeal from an Order. That. has been revised; and it has been decided that there should be a permanent referee, appointed for a specified period, and that the person appointed should undertake the hearing of all the appeals. The substitution of "the" for "a" is the first of a series of Amendments, the rest of which are consequential and give effect to that change.
§ 4.47 p.m.
§ Mr. Rhys Davies
That means, I suppose, that the person appointed will be paid? If so, I take it that the Board of Trade intend that this Act shall be a very effective one, and that a sufficient number of cases will be brought forward to warrant the appointment of such a 599 referee. I should like to know what salary it is intended that this gentleman shall be paid, and whether he must be a member of the legal profession. I see that there is an Amendment later on which provides that certain gentlemen connected with the administration of this Act must be members of the legal profession. I should very much like to know what salary it is intended shall be paid.
§ The Solicitor-General
Looking forward a little I think that a Lords Amendment which has been made to the Second Schedule will show that the person appointed shall be a member of the legal profession, and shall be appointed for a specified period, and so on. I am afraid I cannot answer the hon. Gentleman's point as to the salary, as that is not yet fixed.
§ Question put, and agreed to.
§ Subsequent Lords Amendments to page 7, line 40, agreed to.