§ Mr. CAPE
asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury (1) if, having regard to the discontent due to the low salaries paid to the majority of district probate registry clerks, the Treasury will immediately raise the minimum salary of each permanent clerk pending the reorganisation scheme being put into force;
(2) if he can give an approximate date when the proposed scheme will be put into operation, in accordance with the findings of the Tomlin Committee, dealing with the district probate registries, particularly as regards the esablishment of the officers and better remuneration for this class of public servant?
I have been asked to reply. I am informed that the scheme of reorganisation of the District Probate Registries is under active consideration, but that in view of the many intricate and detailed questions involved, on some of which it will be necessary to consult representatives of the staffs, it is not yet possible to give an approximate date when the reorganisation can be put into operation. Legislation will probably be required. The application of the revised scales of pay may involve, among other considerations, a review of existing complements, and it has not been found practicable to take the steps suggested by the hon. Member.