HC Deb 21 November 1945 vol 416 cc429-30
49. Mr. Gooch

asked the Lord President of the Council from whom nominations are received for the office of high sheriff of a county; and if he will consider the desirability of making it possible for future nominations for this and other high and honourable offices to include those from all sections of the people.

Mr. H. Morrison

The names of persons submitted for nomination as high sheriff under the Sheriffs Act, 1887, are proposed in the first instance by the serving high sheriff. While I sympathise with my hon. Friend's wish that in the case of appointments of this nature, persons from all sections of the community should be available for nomination, I must point out that legislation would be required, at any rate in the case of high sheriffs, and I can hold out no prospect of such legislation being introduced for the time being.