§ 40. Mr. W. J. Brown
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the age of the present Sheriff Clerk of Lanarkshire.
§ The Secretary of State for Scotland (Mr. T. Johnston)
I am informed that the Sheriff Clerk of Lanarkshire is 87 years of age.
§ Mr. Johnston
When the Question was put on the Order Paper I caused particular inquiries to be made and I am informed that this gentleman, who has had a long and distinguished record, attends his office every day and that the work is being efficiently performed.
§ Mr. McGovern
Will the right hon. Gentleman guarantee that when this officer ceases employment, he will not be directed into national service?
§ Mr. McKinlay
Was this sheriff informed, before he accepted office, that the job was not likely to be permanent?
§ Commander Locker-Lampson
Is there not present in this House to-day an hon. Member of that age who shows by his vigour that he is capable of efficient work? [HON. MEMBERS: "Who?"] The hon. Member for Plaistow (Mr. Thorne).
Is it not the case that at about that age Mr. Gladstone formed a very admirable Liberal Government?