HL Deb 28 July 1937 vol 106 cc1057-8

Order of the Day for the consideration of the Fourth Report from the Select Committee read.

The Committee reported as follows:

1.—PRINCIPAL CLERK OF PRIVATE BILLS AND PRIVATE COMMITTEES. The Committee sanctioned an increase in the salary of Mr. E. C. Vigors, head of the Committee Office; the existing salary of £1,161 in respect of that post to be reassessed at £1,250 per annum as from the 1st of July, 1937.

2.—CLERK TO THE LORD GREAT CHAMBERLAIN. The Committee sanctioned the appointment of Mr. R. Herbert as Clerk in the Lord Great Chamberlain's Department in the place of Captain G. J. W. Townsend, M.B.E., who retires on 21st January, 1938. The appointment to date from 15th October, 1937; the amount of the salary to be determined by the Clerk of the Parliaments in consultation with the Lord Great Chamberlain and the Chairman of Committees.

3 —MESSENGER TO EXAMINERS OF STANDING ORDERS. The Clerk of the Parliaments informed the Committee of the retirement of Mr. Vincent Medynski, Messenger to the Examiners, on the 27th September, 1937. Mr. Medynski's salary is shared between the House of Lords and House of Commons and the total pension due to him on 38 years' completed service under the Superannuation Act, 1909, amounts to £131 19S. 2d. and the additional allowance to £369 9s. 6d.

The Committee sanctioned the proportions due from the House of Lords as follows:—

£ s. d.
Pension 57 7 6
Additional Allowance 160 12 10

The Committee also approved the appointment of Mr. E. C. Botting, Messenger in the Clerk of the Parliaments Department, as Examiners' Messenger on Mr. Medynski's retirement; the scale of salary, as agreed with the House of Commons, to be £215 rising by £12 per annum to £250, of which two-thirds will be paid by the House of Lords and one-third by the House of Commons. Mr. Botting's entry point to the new scale will be his existing emoluments as at 27th September and he will receive an increment of £12 on 1st April, 1938.

4.—ACCOUNTING AND COPYING DEPARTMENTS. 1. The Committee sanctioned an increase from £337 to £350 in the salary of Mr. P. Johnson, Assistant Accountant, from 1st December, 1936, as authorised by Treasury Circulars 11/36 and 1/37. 2. The Committee confirmed the scale and salary of Miss W. M. J. Phipps as Examiner of Acts from 1st May, 1936, as laid down in their Second Report, 1936. The scale to be £337-£18-£515 and Miss Phipps' entry point to be her existing emoluments of £367 4s. with an increment at £18 on the new scale on promotion.

5.—MANUSCRIPT PRAYER BOOK. The Committee authorized the Librarian to take the MS. Prayer Book attached to the Act of Uniformity of 1662 to the Record Office in order to effect repairs to the binding: such repairs only to be undertaken under the personal supervision of Mr. Jenkinson, head of the binding and repair department of the Public Record Office.


My Lords, I beg to move that this Report be now considered and agreed to. I do not think there is any point to which I need call your Lordships' attention except the last one, which may be of interest. The Manuscript Prayer Book which was attached to the Act of Uniformity of 1662 is preserved in your Lordships' Library. The binding has got into rather bad repair, and the Committee ask your Lordships to authorise the removal, under very strict supervision, of the Prayer Book to the Public Record Office for repairing.

Moved, That this Report be now considered and agreed to.—(The Earl of Onslow.)

On Question, Motion agreed to.

House adjourned at twelve minutes past five o'clock.