HL Deb 28 March 1934 vol 91 c476

Amemdments reported (according to Order).

Clause 1:

Application of future statutes relating to servants of the Crown to certain holders of judicial office.

1.In any Statute hereafter enacted no provision for the alteration or diminution of the rights, duties, salaries or emoluments of any persons which arise from the service of His Majesty or from the holding of any commission or office shall, unless expressly stated, be deemed to apply in the case of the holders or past holders of judicial office whose salaries are charged on the Consolidated Fund.

LORD RANKEILLOUR moved, before "judicial office," to insert "high." The noble Lord said: My Lords, the object of this Amendment and of the one following it on the Order Paper in my name is really to carry out conseqentially the decisions come to by your Lordships' House in Committee. Your Lordships will remember that the Bill as first drafted included a number of the lower judiciary in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. It was decided that they should be taken out of the Bill, and consequently I think some slight change is needed. Otherwise it might be argued that the County Court Judges in England and Sheriffs in Scotland did not have judicial office. Now that it is confined to the higher judiciary I think it is only logical that the word "high" should be inserted. I beg to move.

Amendment moved— Page 2, line 3, after ("of") insert ("high").—(Lord Rankeillour.)

On Question, Amendment agreed to.

Clause 2:

Meaning of "judicial office."

2. The expression "judicial office" in this Act means the office of a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary, of a member of the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council, of a Judge of the Supreme Court of Judicature; in Scotland of a Judge of the Court of Session or of the Chairman of the Land Court, and in Northern Ireland of a Lord Justice of the Court of Appeal and of a Judge of the King's Bench Division.

LORD RANKEILLOUR moved to substitute "high judicial office "for" "judicial office." The noble Lord said: My Lords, I beg to move the Amendment standing in my name on the Paper.

Amendment moved— Page 2, line 5, after ("expression") insert ("high").—(Lord Rankeillour.)

On Question, Amendment agreed to.