HC Deb 10 February 1959 vol 599 c980
14. Sir W. Anstruther-Gray

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland when he proposes to introduce legislation to bring the title, status and remuneration of Scotland's sheriffs-substitute into line with the standards prevailing in English county courts since the County Courts Bill of 1958.

Mr. N. Macpherson

The County Courts Bill is a purely consolidating Measure which makes no change in the law in England, and no changes are contemplated in Scotland.

Sir W. Anstruther-Gray

Yes, Sir, that is so; but will my hon. Friend bear in mind that the position in Scotland is different, in that the title of sheriff-substitute is derogatory for persons holding important, permanent positions? Furthermore, the remuneration of Scottish sheriffs-substitute is inadequate for people doing that very responsible work.

Mr. Macpherson

If the title is derogatory it has been so for over 200 years. I should have thought it would have been hallowed by use. In reply to the second part of the supplementary question, I would point out that the salaries of county court judges were fixed in April, 1957, and the salaries of sheriffs-substitute were fixed at the same time after careful consideration. I am afraid that I can hold out no prospects to my hon. and gallant Friend of an early review.