THE MARQUESS OF HUNTLY
My Lords, I have a question to put to the noble Lord the Secretary for Scotland, of which I have given him private notice. I wish to ask him when the appointment of the Auditors of the County Councils in Scotland will be made, and how many Auditors he proposes to appoint?
THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR SCOTLAND (The Marquess of LOTHIAN)
In reply to the question of the noble Marquess opposite, I am glad to be able to inform him that I have communicated with various gentlemen in Scotland, and with the exception of one, from whom I have not yet received a reply, all have accepted appointments as Auditors. I hope very soon to be able to make the official appointments of these gentlemen as Auditors to the County Councils in Scotland. In reply to the second part of the question, I have to say that I propose to appoint 10 Auditors to do the work of auditing in Scotland. I do not think it necessary to trouble your Lordships with the names of the gentlemen to whom I have referred, but if the noble Marquess desires, after the House rises, I shall be happy to show him a Paper giving the names and the places for which they have been appointed.