HC Deb 02 May 1944 vol 399 c1191
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. Brown

While paying tribute to this magnificent record, may I ask the Minister whether he does not think that in the general interest he ought to impose a time limit of 100?

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).

Mr. Mender

Is it not the case that at about that age Mr. Gladstone formed a very admirable Liberal Government?

Mr. McGovern

We see the results of it.

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