HC Deb 10 July 1947 vol 439 c2432
68. Mr. Rees-Williams

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to implement the recommendations in the Roche Report with reference to the salaries and conditions of service of assistant clerks to justices, and their superannuation and the compulsory retirement of clerks to justices at the age of 72 years.

The Secretary of State for the Home Department (Mr. Ede)

The recommendations of the Roche Report on these matters would require legislation and I regret that it is not possible at present to say when legislation on this subject is likely to be introduced.

Mr. Rees-Williams

Is my right hon. Friend aware that the conditions of service of many of these older assistant clerks to justices are really scandalous and, although there is difficulty about registration, could he do something by circular to the justices?

Mr. Ede

I was one of the witnesses before the Roche Committee and gave evidence along lines closely parallel to their final Report; therefore, I am well acquainted with the difficulties. My views are known to the authorities concerned with the problem. I hope that my hon. Friend's question will direct attention to the desirability of standing joint committees and other authorities dealing with this matter.