HL Deb 30 March 1943 vol 126 cc959-60

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

The Committee reported as follows:

1.—Principal Clerk of Private Bills and Committees.

The Clerk of the Parliaments informed the Committee of the death of Lt.-Colonel Colin Keppel Davidson, C.I.E., O.B.E., Principal Clerk of Private Bills and Committees, who was killed on active service in March, 1943.

The Committee expressed their deep appreciation of the services he had rendered to the House.

The Committee sanctioned payment of a gratuity under the Superannuation Act, 1909, to his legal personal representative.

2.—Doorkeeper—Due for Retirement.

The Committee were informed that Mr. George Charles Hogbin who was due to retire on 2nd March, 1943, has been appointed a temporary doorkeeper from that date. The Committee sanctioned a pension and additional allowance under the Superannuation Act, 1909, and also salary as temporary doorkeeper to Mr. Hogbin. The additional allowance is payable forthwith and the pension on his final retirement.

3.—Corps of Custodians.

The Committee authorized increased rates of pay to the Custodian staff as from 8th February, 1943, as recommended by the Fire Committee.

4.—Temporary Messenger.

The Committee sanctioned an increase in the weekly pay of the temporary Messenger on the staff of the Clerk of the Parliaments as from 1st February, 1943.

5.—Gratuity to Widow of Custodian.

The Committee sanctioned the payment of a gratuity under Superannuation Acts, 1887 and 1914, to Mrs. Mulholland, widow of Hugh Mulholland, Custodian, who died on 5th March, 1943, after 19 completed years' service.


The Committee considered the question of installation of annunciators in the Library and Refreshment rooms: it was decided that no action should be taken in the matter.

7.—Salary of Resident Housekeeper.

The Committee considered an application from the Resident Housekeeper for an increase of salary and remitted the matter, together with the general consideration of certain salaries and retired allowances, to a sub-committee consisting of the Lord Chairman, Lord Templemore, Lord Stanmore, Lord Jessel and Lord Southwood with the Clerk of the Parliaments and the Yeoman Usher of the Black Rod, to consider and report.


My Lords, I beg to move that the Second Report of the Select Committee be considered and agreed to. I do not think there is anything to which I need call your Lordships' special attention except paragraph 6 dealing with the question of annunciators. The Committee carefully considered the matter and it was felt that perhaps the installation of these instruments would not be necessary. Therefore we do not recommend that they be installed.

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

On Question, Motion agreed to.