HL Deb 09 March 1824 vol 10 cc829-30
The Earl of Liverpool

rose, pursuant to notice, to move for the appointment of a select committee to inquire into the present state of the office of Clerk of Parliament, and into the best means of hereafter regulating it. It was not his intention, he said, to trouble their lordships with any observations. It would be the object of the committee to inquire into this office, with a view of putting it on a permanent footing. The committee would have some little conflicting interests to attend to, but there was no doubt it would do justice to all parties.

Earl Grosvenor

observed, that no immediate advantage to the public would arise from this measure; but their lordships must be aware, that a very considerable saving might take place on the decease of the person who now held the office. The noble earl then alluded to the office of Remembrancer of the Exchequer. Notwithstanding the regulation for the abolition of that office, a person had recently been appointed to it.

The Earl of Liverpool

reminded their lordships, that with respect to the offices of the Exchequer, the law which had been passed for their abolition authorized the Lords of the Treasury to make what regulations they thought necessary in them. This had been done as far as possible in these offices. With regard to the Remembrancer of the Exchequer, it had, been found necessary to put it on a new fooling; but before it should be finally regulated, it was the wish of the barons of the Exchequer to ascertain precisely what ought to be done with it, and for that purpose a gentleman had been appointed to execute the necessary duties, but without a salary.

The motion was then agreed to.