HL Deb 07 August 1840 vol 55 cc1385-6

Lord Brougham moved, that the amendments made by the Commons in the Administration of Justice (Court of Chancery) Bill be then agreed to. The noble and learned Lord observed, that there were two of those amendments in which which he fully concurred; one related to the increased control proposed to be given to the Lord Chancellor over the officers of the court; the other to the necessary means for in- creasing the efficiency of those officers as to numbers. There were several amendments made by the Commons which he should have gladly introduced into the original bill, and he, therefore, very much rejoiced to find that those alterations had been made by the other House. He was, also, glad to find that they had introduced the necessary money clauses and the clause for compensation. He confessed he felt some surprise that so much had been said elsewhere upon the subject of the Six Clerks, seeing that that department had long since been the subject of a bill which even reached a second reading. He hoped, that the next measure would be a bill for improving the administration of justice by the committee of the Privy Council. One of the evils of that tribunal was, that the judges who composed it were under no obligation to give their attendance, and in that respect they resembled the House of Lords. In former bills for improving the administration of justice the difficulty which presented itself related to the means of providing for the expenses of the proposed alterations; but he believed it would now be admitted, that that which was so precious as the administration of justice could not be purchased at too high a price.

Commons' Amendments agreed to.