HC Deb 15 November 1949 vol 469 cc1832-3
9. Mr. Emrys Hughes

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what was the allowance to the Lord High Commissioner for Scotland in the years 1947, 1948, 1949, respectively; and what economy cuts he is contemplating in this respect.

Mr. Woodburn

The allowances paid from the Consolidated Fund to the Lord High Commissioners in 1947, 1948 and 1949 were £2,000, £4,000 and £4,000, respectively. These sums were wholly utilised in meeting the necessary expenses of the office. The allowances for future years will be fixed, within the maximum prescribed by the Lord High Commissioner (Church of Scotland) Act, 1948, in the light of the circumstances prevailing at the time.

Mr. Hughes

Is not the Secretary of State aware that he is losing a magnificent opportunity to set a glorious example of economy in Scotland?

Mr. Mathers

Is my right hon. Friend aware that from my experience I can say that whatever the allowance is, it does not enrich the holder of the office? Is he also aware that if he continues to defend this office against malevolent criticism and attack he will be doing what is in keeping with the feelings of the majority of Scots?

Mr. Woodburn

Yes, Sir.